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 Austin, Texas. Austin has a total population of 656,562 and a student population of 105,227. Of these students, 91,243 are enrolled in schools that offer forensic nursing programs.
Of the 2 forensic nursing schools in Austin, the largest forensic nursing school, by student population, is Austin Community College District. Approximately 291 students graduated in 2010 from Austin Community College District with credentials in forensic nursing.
In 2010, 518 students graduated with a forensic nursing degree from one of Austin's forensic nursing schools. Tuition in 2009 at Austin's forensic nursing schools was $22,874 per year for instate students and $43,950 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $980 for forensic nursing related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $9,602 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $11,242.
If you plan on staying in Austin after graduating from forensic nursing school, you should know that job prospects for forensic nurses in Austin, which is the most popular forensic nursing profession, are good. In 2010, there were 20,570 forensic nurses in Texas. Of these forensic nurses, 850 were working in the greater Austin area. The number of forensic nurses in Austin is expected to increase by 24% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for forensic nurses.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a forensic nurse in Austin is $76,540 per year, which is higher than the average for forensic nurses state-wide.