Fort Smith has a total population of 80,268 and a student population of 7,491. Of these students, 7,335 are enrolled in schools that offer forensic nursing programs.
The largest forensic nursing school in Fort Smith, by student population, is University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. In 2010, approximately 98 students graduated from the Forensic Nursing program at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
In 2010, 98 students graduated with a forensic nursing degree in Fort Smith. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $15,640 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Fort Smith forensic nursing schools was an average of $21,040 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,150 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a forensic nursing program in Fort Smith. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $5,389 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $9,540.
Many forensic nursing graduates choose to work as forensic nurses after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Fort Smith, your job prospects are good. In 2010, there were 2,280 forensic nurses in Arkansas. Of these forensic nurses, 200 were working in the greater Fort Smith area. The government projects that the number of forensic nurses in Fort Smith will increase by 18% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for forensic nurses.
As a forensic nurse in Fort Smith, you can expect to make an average salary of $71,070 per year. This is higher than the average salary for forensic nurses in the state.