COURSE DESCRIPTION: This comprehensive 40-hour sexual assault examiner (SAE, SANE, FNE, SAFE, SANC) didactic training program is designed to prepare registered nurses and other qualified healthcare professionals to conduct pediatric forensic examinations for male and female child victims of sexual assault.

The course content includes the physical assessment, the evidentiary examination, pertinent anatomy and physiology, hymenal morphology, photographic documentation of injuries, use of the colposcope, digital imaging, collection, handling and preservation of physical evidence and biological specimens, chain of custody, assessment and management of injuries, sexually transmitted disease prophylaxis, forensic terminology related to sexual assault and preparation for the forensic examiners role in the judicial processes, including courtroom testimony.

This program fulfills the requirements for a nurse to practice as a pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner. Upon conclusion of the didactic program, the student receives a Certificate of Completion indicating that the 40-hour academic coursework has been completed. Note: The course does not provide certification as a SANE-P.

CLINICAL COMPETENCY: (Licensed professionals only) Non-licensed professionals are not required to complete the internship.

To practice as a pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner, the student must complete a clinical competency internship. The post clinical requirements are the responsibility of the student to arrange after finishing the didactic portion of the course. Clinical competency should be accomplished by individually working with the appropriately skilled professionals in your community.

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

  1. State the essential procedural steps in the pediatric sexual assault examination.
  2. Identify three major factors that distinguish how the pediatric examination differs from the adult examination.
  3. Describe recommended techniques for interviewing children in various developmental, cognitive and communication stages.
  4. Compare and contrast the essential procedural steps in the sexual assault examination of male and female pediatric patients giving consideration for state and jurisdictional variations.
  5. Identify techniques for collaboration with law enforcement and child services personnel in the assessment and post-event management of child victims of sexual assault.
  6. Conduct a sexual assault forensic examination on a male or female child victim using recognized forensic evidence collection techniques giving emphasis to the detailed description of genital findings.
  7. Complete precise and objective documentation consistent with jurisdictional guidelines while satisfying the sexual assault standards of admissibility in courts of law.
  8. Differentiate between findings that may be related to sexual assault and those resulting from normal variants and other mechanisms.
  9. Review the roles and responsibilities of the criminal justice system, the criminal justice process, prosecution strategies, defense strategies and forensic examiners testimony.
  10. Describe the essential elements of Rape Trauma Syndrome and crisis intervention.
  11. Discuss the various profiles of sexual assault offenders.
  12. Describe the importance of victim support and advocacy.
  13. Discuss the sexual assault forensic examiners ethical responsibilities.
  14. Discuss the examiners appropriate courtroom dress code and demeanor.
  15. Identify the professional resources available to the forensic examiners for victim assistance and continuing education in sexual assault forensic practice.
  16. Discuss special considerations and approaches for dealing with issues of special populations, adolescent victims, intimate partner violence and drug facilitated sexual assault.


COURSE FEE: $575 (Group rates are available upon request. Contact .)

WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE: Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, advance practice nurses, and other qualified licensed health care professionals involved with sexual assault.

PREREQUISITES: Must be a practicing registered nurse for minimum 2 years

AVAILABILITY: Email to join our waiting list.

PRESENTATION METHOD: The Blackboard Learning System

TEACHING METHOD: This program is presented online with on-going instructor participation. There is an established time frame for completion of assignments, homework, research projects, and discussion forum participation. Lessons are supplemented by interactive quizzes, tutorials, and discussions. All assignments and homework must be submitted to the instructor via e-mail or digital drop box. Routine course guidance and instructional materials will be accessed online. A final examination will be administered interactively and can be accessed by the student within a specified time.

DURATION: Online Didactic: 3 months

METHOD OF COURSE GRADING: Minimum passing score for the final examination is 70%. Retakes must be approved by the course instructor. Contact your instructor for further information regarding additional retakes of the examination at .

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 course content, examination with a passing grade of 70% and evaluation, student will receive a certificate of completion.


OTHER RELATED COURSES: Chain of Custody, Forensic Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department, Forensic Evidence Collection in the Clinical Setting, Forensic Blood Specimen Collection and Handling, Documentation and Communication: Forensic Issues for Healthcare in the Digital Era.


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.