COURSE DESCRIPTION: The American Institute of Forensic Education presents online, The Sexual Assault Examiner Training: Adult and Adolescent, a 60-plus-hour comprehensive self-paced sexual assault examiner academic training program. The course, rich in content, is designed for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other scientific professionals performing medical forensic evaluations on victims of sexual assault and alleged perpetrators.

The course materials include medial legal history taking, physical examination evaluation, genital anatomy and physiology, related forensic terminology, oral, anal and genital trauma identification, use of toluidine blue dye, utilization of forensic light sources, medical-legal photography, collection and preservation of physical evidence and biological specimens, evidentiary chain of custody. Treatment and follow-up planning for related physical and psychological injuries, the documentation process, sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy testing and prophylaxis, infection control, and preparation for courtroom testimony are also addressed. This training also includes the medical forensic protocol for alleged perpetrators of sexual violence.

The information is presented in a practical manner and combines an interactive study experience using the convenience of the internet. The extensive internet resources are an essential part of this distance learning program. At the conclusion of each lesson, there is a self assessment learning activity intended to assist the student in identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate readiness for the discipline of sexual assault practice. Also, presented for practice study are clinical images of oral, genital and anal trauma resulting from sexual assault.

This training does not certify the examiner to perform sexual assault examinations, however, it does provide a solid foundation for conducting medical forensic evaluations. Upon conclusion of this program, the student receives a Certificate of Completion indicating that the 60-hour academic coursework has been completed. There are nursing CEUs available. For continuing education credits, contact the licensing board in your State. Students have up to six months to complete the online module.

COMPETENCY INTERNSHIP: The clinical and non-clinical internship are the responsibility of the student to arrange after completion of the didactic portion of the course. Internship competency should be accomplished by individually working with the appropriately skilled professionals in the community. Competency skills are completed according to jurisdictional procedure. Internship competency guideline documents are available through our program.

The clinical internship includes observations and supervised practice in the medical forensic evaluation, evidence collection, documentation, chart review, and peer review. The non-clinical competency includes other specified learning experiences such as observation of law enforcement field operations, case management procedures of a prosecutorial agency (District Attorney), criminal court proceeding, participation in a sexual assault victim advocacy program and crime laboratory tour.

AIFE is a provider of continuing education for registered nurses through the California Board of Registered Nursing. The cost for the 60-hour program is $350.00.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define forensic nursing, review its history and understand the role of SART
  2. List the roles and responsibilities of the sexual assault forensic examiner.
  3. Identify the anatomical structures of the female and male genitalia and oral cavity.
  4. Use the appropriate terminology related to sexual assault in the identification of physical findings and forensic medical reporting.
  5. Understand the mandatory reporting laws for healthcare professionals.
  6. Collaborate with law enforcement and crisis intervention personnel in the post assault support care of victims.
  7. Identify the different categories of forensic evidence.
  8. Demonstrate the necessary skills for performing sexual assault forensic examinations including intake and triage, history taking, physical assessment, anogenital and oral examinations, collection and handling of biological specimens and physical evidence, forensic photography, and the appropriate documentation.
  9. Recognize the importance of chain of custody.
  10. Understand ‘cultural competency.’
  11. Differentiate between trauma related to sexual assault and other forms of physical trauma.
  12. Explain the importance of written, diagrammatic, and photographic documentation in the evidence collection process.
  13. Describe prophylaxis procedures for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and discharge medical care in the jurisdiction where you live.
  14. Understand contamination issues and potential biohazards present during examinations.
  15. Understand the physical and emotional effects on victims after sexual assault.
  16. Demonstrate the skills in performing a sexual assault suspect evidentiary examination.
  17. Discuss the examiner’s appropriate courtroom dress code and demeanor.
  18. Discuss special considerations and approaches for dealing with issues in special populations such as the intellectually disabled, the elderly, adolescent victims, intimate partner violence, victims of human trafficking and drug facilitated sexual assault.
  19. Understand the criminal justice system in the United States, and the importance of preparing for courtroom testimony.


COURSE FEE: $350 (Group rates are available upon request. Contact .)

WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE: Qualified licensed health care professionals, including registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, advance practice nurses, and physicians.

PREREQUISITES: Licensure as a registered nurse


PRESENTATION METHOD: This downloadable course is in PDF format.

TEACHING METHOD: This is a self-paced course.

DURATION: All course requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrollment.

METHOD OF COURSE GRADING: Pass/fail grading system. Course examination is multiple choice and true/false statements. When a score of less than 80% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. Contact: for further information regarding additional retakes of the examination.

METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION: After successful completion of the course examination, a course evaluation must be submitted to .

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon completion of the 60-hour online didactic program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion. Participants residing outside of California will need to contact their individual state's licensing board to verify and determine the California BRN applicability.


SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS: OTHER RELATED COURSES: Chain of Custody, Forensic Wound Recognition, Human Trafficking, Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department, Forensic Evidence Collection in the Clinical Setting, Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Nurse Examiner, Infection Control, Court Preparation and Testimony, Elder Abuse and Child Abuse.


Course Procedure from start to completion.

All courses and materials are based on United States laws and regulations unless otherwise noted. Laws vary from state to state.