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Become A SANE



  • Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault offers the SANE course 3 times per year at no cost in each region of the state: northern (fall), central (winter); and southern (summer). Please check our calendar for upcoming dates or email Shalotta Sharp at
  • The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training is a forty hour course that includes classroom lecture, group projects, alive models skills lab and a mock trial. This course fulfills the guidelines set forth by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and meets the educational requirement for nurses applying to sit for the national certification exam. The University of MS School of Nursing provides academic oversight for the course and awards nursing CEUs. After taking the course, the nurse completes a clinical practicum at his/her practice sites. The training is also valuable to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, victim advocates and crime lab analysts.




  1. Review the multi disciplinary team concept of response to sexual assault.
  2. Define forensic nursing, discuss its history, and list professional organizations involved in promoting forensic nursing.
  3. List the roles and responsibilities of the SANE.
  4. Discuss the dynamics of sexual assault; the myths, offender characteristics, and psychiatric sequelae.
  5. Demonstrate the sexual assault forensic examination including history, physical assessment, genital examination, physical evidence collection, forensic photography, and documentation.
  6. Review the process of evidence evaluation by the criminalist.
  7. Identify the aspects of nursing management for the emergency department episode of care including injury identification and management, issues of special populations, sexually transmitted management, issues of special populations, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention, and discharge care and referrals.
  8. Review the roles and responsibilities of the criminal justice system including the laws of Mississippi, the criminal justice process, prosecution strategies, defense strategies and SANE testimony techniques.
  9. Discuss SANE ethical issues such as the IAFN code of ethics, values, confidentiality, and consent.
  10. Review evaluation standards for SANE practice.
  11. Review the components of the clinical practicum: nursing skills, evidence collection, and the observation of criminal trials.