Extended Studies

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a professional registered nurse who has received specialized forensic education in order to provide comprehensive care to adult, adolescent and child victims of sexual assault. A SANE demonstrates clinical competence in the collection of forensic evidence from both victims of violence as well as perpetrators and has the ability to provide expert testimony in a court of law.

SANEs work collaboratively with law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and community agencies.

This is non-credit course offered at the UCCS campus.

Evaluation and Management of the Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Sexual Assault Patient

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Cost: $450

Advanced Forensic Nurse Examiner (AFNE) Education Course

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Cost: $350

Course Description

Colorado Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education includes 64 hours of classroom and didactic education followed by completion of 90 hours of clinical experience.

The clinical experience is structured in adult and pediatric acute and non-acute settings, as well as a judicial component that includes observation of criminal trial proceedings and expert testimony. The education is provided over 6 days (64 classroom hours) and addresses holistic care and appropriate forensic evidence collection from adult, adolescent and child survivors of sexual assault, as well as perpetrators of interpersonal violence.

The classroom component is followed by 90 hours of mentored, clinical experience, with a practicing SANE, Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or physician.


Qualifications for nurses to attend the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner education and training include a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in direct patient care in the areas of emergency nursing, pediatrics, women's health or an acute care/critical care practice. Completion of all components of the Colorado SANE classroom curriculum as well as 90 hours of clinical experience is required.