If you decide that you want to get a forensic nursing degree, then you might want to consider attending one of the 2 forensic nursing schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga has a total population of 155,554 and a student population of 22,629. Of these students, 19,957 are enrolled in schools that offer forensic nursing programs.
The largest forensic nursing school in Chattanooga, by student population, is Chattanooga State Community College. In 2010, Chattanooga State Community College graduated approximately 138 students with credentials in forensic nursing.
In 2010, 247 students graduated with a forensic nursing degree from one of Chattanooga's forensic nursing schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $17,938 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Chattanooga forensic nursing schools was an average of $29,236 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,400 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a forensic nursing program in Chattanooga. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,190 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $8,992.
Many forensic nursing graduates choose to work as forensic nurses after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Chattanooga, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 7,180 forensic nurses in Tennessee, 510 were working in the greater Chattanooga area. Chattanooga's forensic nurse workforce is projected to increase by 14% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for forensic nurses.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a forensic nurse in Chattanooga is $67,200 per year, which is lower than the average for forensic nurses state-wide.
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