Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Adult and Adolescent Core Course


Though Forensic Nursing has been recognized as a nursing specialty for over 25 years, there is still a marked gap in the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) trained to care for the hundreds of thousands of sexual assault victims annually.

This self-paced, 40 contact hour online course presents the breadth and depth of didactic content to provide the required knowledge needed to become a SANE, with a focus on adults and adolescents. The scope of content runs the gamut from what is a SANE examiner to how to conduct a SANE examination to evidence collection to testifying in court.

The course is organized into 12 modules with a total of 36 lessons, including lecture videos, activities, reading assignments, and references. Each module concludes with a practice quiz. The course also includes online includes interactive flashcards to help you review what you have learned in each lesson and test banks for each module to help you assess your knowledge prior to completing a comprehensive final examination. A full-color print workbook to use in conjunction with the online course is included as well. Upon opening and starting the course, you will have six (6) months to complete it and take the final examination, which must be passed with a minimum score of 70%.

IAFN Logo This course has been reviewed and approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) as meeting the IAFN SANE Education Guidelines (2018). Course approval extends until April 23, 2023.

About the Author

Teresa Devitt-Lynch holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing and is board-certified in Advanced Forensic Nursing and Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations. She is also a 20-year veteran of the US Navy with a nursing background in medical-surgical, couplet care, ambulatory surgery, education and training, and forensic healthcare. As a forensic nurse and educator, she has developed and provided forensic education to military and civilian healthcare staff, with a focus on sexual assault and domestic violence issues.

Teresa is also engaged in several organizational, national, and community-based committees aimed at enhancing forensic healthcare and fostering multidisciplinary collaboration in the investigation and prosecution of crimes that involve medical evidence such as sexual assault, domestic violence, and strangulation. Currently a Legal Nurse Consultant and owner of INTREPID Forensic Healthcare Consulting, LLC, Teresa provides criminal case consulting and educational services to healthcare providers, law enforcement, and law professionals on forensic healthcare topics.

Reviewers and Contributors
  • Allyson Cordoni, APRN, CNP, SANE-A, SANE-P
  • Shannon Scott, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE-P
  • Valerie Sievers, MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN
Course Contributing Experts
  • Karen Green, BS - DNA Analyst
  • Paul Morgan, Esq. - Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Alicia Quintana, MS - Forensic Scientist Patient
  • Kasidy Schell, MSW, LMSW - Advocate
  • Olga Stanford, Esq. - Federal Prosecutor
Nurse Planner
June Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN