FNCB Specialty and Sub-Specialty Certifications​

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Certifications - Generalist and Advanced

Specialty certification validates mastery of prerequisite forensic nursing knowledge, skills and experience at the generalist and advanced forensic nursing levels of practice as outlined in the FNCB Core Competencies. The FNCB Core Competencies complement and build upon The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2021; The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 (National Academy of Medicine, 2021) recommendations. The expectation is that all nurses meet the AACN Essentials Level I or Level II, and the Generalist or Advanced Forensic Nurse specialists and sub-specialists demonstrate mastery of the domains of the FNCB Core Competencies and the content derived from evidence informed practices. 

Certification examinations reflect the evolutionary growth and understanding of the Forensic Nurse science and specialty practices. For persons wanting to take the Generalist Forensic Nursing and Advanced Forensic Nursing certification examination, AACN Essentials define unique domains and performance for Level I and Level II educational preparation for nurses, whether BSN or graduate education. FNCB researched and aligned unique core competencies and performance, providing the science and practice content necesssary for the forensic nurse seeking certification, regardless of the educational preparation. Upon successful completion of the application and the certification examination, conferral of the GFN-C™ or AFN-C™ credential signifies the forensic nurse’s competence, having the knowledge to safely practice with populations of vulnerable patients. 

Certifications - Micro-Certifications

As FNCB develops micro-certifications, each forensic nurse practice is reflective of the populations experiencing intersection with legal systems. Forensic nurses have the skills to address the needs of all using a social-ecological model for quality improvement and research in populations affected by social determinants of health. To that end, FNCB certifications are an ongoing commitment to the profession, professionalism, and excellence in an evidence-informed specialty and sub-specialty forensic nurse practices. 

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Nondiscrimination Policy

FNCB and the remote proctor do not discriminate against any individual concerning age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other characteristic legally protected by law. Eligibility will be determined solely based on eligibility criteria as outlined in the FNCB Application Manual.

Hold Harmless Waiver

The process of certification is dependent upon FNCB’s assessment of applications submitted by examination applicants. By applying for
the Generalist Forensic Nurse, or the Advanced Forensic Nurse certification examination, the applicant hereby waives and releases, and shall indemnify and hold harmless, FNCB, its officers, directors, members, employees, volunteers, and agents from and against all claims, losses, costs, and expenses, including attorney fees, that may arise directly or indirectly in connection with the application, or the examination conducted by FNCB. This waiver and release include but is not limited to, denying an applicant’s eligibility to take an examination, the score given to the applicant on the examination, granting certification to an applicant, renewing certification previously granted to an applicant, revoking certification previously granted to an applicant, denying certification to an applicant, or FNCB’s notification of interested persons of
such actions of FNCB.


Forensic Nursing Certification Board (FNCB) is actively pursuing accreditation for certification exams. This endeavor reflects our commitment to ensuring the highest standards of quality and reliability in the field of forensic nursing. We are fully committed to meeting or exceeding the rigorous criteria set forth by the accrediting bodies in our industry. We believe that achieving accreditation for our exams will not only enhance the credibility of our assessments but also provide added value to our stakeholders.