Columbia has a general population of 88,254 and an overall student population of 10,398. Approximately 8,778 of Columbia's students are enrolled in schools that offer forensic nursing programs.
The largest forensic nursing school in Columbia, by student population, is Howard Community College. In 2010, Howard Community College graduated approximately 127 students from its forensic nursing program.
In 2010, 127 students graduated with a forensic nursing degree in Columbia. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $3,993 per year in tuition costs.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,600 for forensic nursing related books and supplies each year.
If you plan on staying in Columbia after graduating from forensic nursing school, you should know that job prospects for forensic nurses in Columbia, which is the most popular forensic nursing profession, are good. In 2010, of the 7,330 forensic nurses in Maryland, 4,600 were working in the greater Columbia area. Columbia's forensic nurse workforce is projected to increase by 13% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for forensic nurses.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a forensic nurse in Columbia is $85,840 per year, which is higher than the average for forensic nurses state-wide.