Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Adult and Adolescent
Core Course

Comprehensive online course and certification preparation
Approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) as meeting the IAFN SANE Educational Guidelines

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About the Course

Convenient online access that allows self-paced learning
40 contact hours that fulfill the didactic education requirements of the IAFN
Test bank that supports preparation for the SANE adult and adolescent exam
Elite is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This course has been reviewed and approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) as meeting IAFN SANE Education Guidelines (2018). Course approval extends until April 23, 2023.

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Why the Need for SANE?

Why the Need for SANE?

Any nurse interested in forensics who also has a desire to help people who have survived significant physical, emotional, and psychological trauma should consider becoming a SANE."
— Teresa Devitt Lynch, MSN, RN, AFN-BC, SANE A
course author
Any nurse interested in forensics who also has a desire to help people who have survived significant physical, emotional, and psychological trauma should consider becoming a SANE."

— Teresa Devitt Lynch, MSN, RN, AFN-BC, SANE A
course author

4 Reasons to Enroll

Expand your knowledge
Explore best practices for respectful, compassionate, patient-centered health care and vital evidence collection for adult and adolescent survivors of sexual assault across settings, from emergency departments or urgent care settings to community care, physicians' offices, and schools, colleges, and universities.
Work as a SANE
After completing required didactic education through this course, gain clinical experience by providing trauma-centered care as you begin practice as a SANE.
Qualify for certification
Meet the didactic education prerequisites with this course to qualify for the adult and adolescent SANE exam.
Prepare for certification
Return to the course and use its resources, flashcards, and comprehensive test bank to prepare for the SANE examination.

You’ll Receive

Convenient online access
Learn at your own pace with unrestricted access to all course materials for 3 years.
40 contact hours
Earn ANCC- and IAFN-approved contact hours that fulfill all didactic education requirements for work as an adult and adolescent SANE.
Course workbook
Receive a comprehensive workbook to support your learning activities.
Certification prep material
Take advantage of a wide-ranging, 800-question practice test bank, flashcards, and certification exam materials.

What Your Colleagues Say

I think this is an incredible course. I will recommend it in my new position as [a] forensic nurse examiner program coordinator.

Shannon Scott,

What a great course. Everything is in one place. In addition to the online course and workbook, I loved the flashcards and the opportunity for extra review.

Stephani Hunt,

The structure and the moderator’s warm presence made me feel more confident that I could successfully complete the course.

Lisa Madsen,

For survivors of sexual assault, healing starts with care.

The Passion of SANE

Patient-Centered Care

Trauma-Informed Care

Evidence-Based Practice


Your Path to SANE Expertise


Complete a 40 contact hour didactic course that meets IAFN educational requirements


Complete a minimum of 16 hours of clinical experience working as a SANE


Practice 1 to 2 years in a SANE capacity before taking a certification exam
Meet the Nurses Behind This Course


Teresa Devitt-Lynch, MSN, RN, AFN-BC, SANE A, 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.

Nurse Planner

Over the course of her long and diverse career, June Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN, has served in two pivotal roles: one as the director of Education and Research for University Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the other as director of clinical research for Florida Hospital System in Orlando, Florida. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate nursing at The Ohio State University and the University of Texas, Houston, as well as University of Phoenix and Simmons College, Boston. She has also served as the national president of the Emergency Nursing Association. Together with a colleague, Dr. Thompson also initiated the first master’s program in Emergency Nursing at the University of Texas, Houston.

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