Certified Forensic Nurse, CFN® Program

Set yourself apart from the rest of the pack!

Forensic nursing is an exciting and rapidly growing field that offers great opportunities and rewarding career options for nursing professionals. Being a Certified Forensic Nurse, CFN® can set you apart from your peers, affording you the recognition and respect you deserve, in both the medical community, and the legal arena. The Certified Forensic Nurse certification is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program®. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes organizations for excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Why should you choose the CFN credential?

The CFN program can demonstrate to a nursing professional's colleagues, patients, clients, employers, and the health care community that he or she has an extensive base of knowledge and education, direct professional experience, and a commitment to continuing education and excellence within the forensic nursing profession.

The CFN credential can also help contribute to the weight and relevance of the CFN's testimony and the applicability of the evidence that the nurse presents in a court of law.

Benefits of becoming a Certified Forensic Nurse, CFN®

  • Grants recognition of knowledge and skills by a third party
  • Enhances profesusional reptation and provides personal accomplishment
  • Supports continued professional development
  • Demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field
  • Serves as a differentiator in a competitive job market

Credential Content

The domains covered in the CFN credential are:

  • Non-traditional role models
  • Child abuse
  • School zone violence
  • Elder abuse
  • Evidence collection
  • Workplace violence
  • Wound identification

How do I maintain the CFN credential?

The CFN credential requires Certified Members to obtain 30 Continuing Education Credits every 3 years. Excess credits obtained during that 3 year period will not be applied to the following recertification window.

Future CEs may be earned through ACFEI's Executive Summits and/or completing tests for the continuing education articles located in The Forensic Examiner®, provided in our online course catalog.

Steps to becoming a Certified Forensic Nurse, CFN®

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
    • Become a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute® or be a member in good standing
    • Hold a full and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States
    • Have a minimum of three (3) years experience as a RN
    • No felony convictions
  • Complete the application
    • Click - Apply online
    • Call - 800.423.9737
    • Fax - 417.881.4702
    • Mail - 2750 E. Sunshine, Springfield, Mo 65804
  • Enroll in the program
    Submit the application, fees, and required supporting documentation, includding the following:
    • Clinical validation form
    • Current resume/curriculum vitae
    • Degrees/transcripts
    • RN license
    • Other licenses, certifications, certificates, and/or commissions
    • At least two (2) professional references
  • Prepare for the exam
    Once you have been approved, you can begin preparing for the exam. You will be provided access to online study materials. It is recommended that you review the text and materials before sitting for the exam
  • Sit for the exam
    After successful completion of the exam, you will receive a certificate of completion from ACFEI. This certification will also award you with 15 continuing education credits. Your certificate will be mailed to within 4 - 6 weeks of completion of the exam.

Credential Information
Certification Maintenance Fee (1yr)


CFN Exam Prep Materials and Exam


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