American Forensic Nurses (AMRN) in partnership with the American Institute of Forensic Education (AIFE), presents online professional development courses for scientific professionals.

These self paced, on demand, forensic science programs are developed by internationally recognized experts in the field. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion and, where appropriate, seek accreditation.

Our partner, the American Institute of Forensic Education, Inc. (AIFE) offers outstanding and unique forensic science educational programs.

Sexual Assault Examiner Training: Adult and Adolescent

Web based 60-Hour Online Self Paced Sexual Assault Examiner Training Program
Cost: $350.00

The American Institute of Forensic Education presents online, The Sexual Assault Examiner Training: Adult and Adolescent, a 60-plus-hour comprehensive self-paced sexual assault examiner academic training program. The course, rich in content, is designed for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other scientific professionals performing medical forensic evaluations on victims of sexual assault and alleged perpetrators.

The course materials include anogenital and oral anatomy, victim sexual assault evidential examination protocol, use of toluidine blue dye, utilization of Wood’s Lamp and other forensic light sources, photodocumentation of injuries , collection and preservation of biological specimens and physical evidence, and evidentiary chain of custody. Throughout the course, precise medical terminology is taught and accurate forensic documentation methods are emphasized, along with preparation for courtroom testimony. Also, included in this program the medical forensic protocol for alleged perpetrators of sexual violence.

The information is presented in a practical manner and combines an interactive study experience using the convenience of the internet. The extensive internet resources are an essential part of this distance learning program. At the conclusion of each lesson, there is a self assessment learning activity intended to assist the student in identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate readiness for the discipline of sexual assault practice. Also, presented for practice study are clinical images of oral, genital and anal trauma resulting from sexual assault. Students have up to six months to complete the online module.

This training does not certify the examiner to perform sexual assault examinations, however, it does provide a solid foundation for conducting medical forensic evaluations. Upon conclusion of this program, the student receives a Certificate of Completion indicating that the 60-hour academic coursework has been completed. Additionally, an original hard copy of the Certificate of Completion will be sent via United States Postal Service. There are nursing CEUs available. For continuing education credits, contact the licensing board in your State.


The clinical and non-clinical internship are the responsibility of the student to arrange after completion of the didactic portion of the course. Internship competency should be accomplished by individually working with the appropriately skilled professionals in the community. Competency skills are completed according to jurisdictional procedure. Internship competency guideline documents are available through our program.

The clinical internship includes observations and supervised practice in the medical forensic evaluation, evidence collection, documentation, chart review, and peer review. The non-clinical competency includes other specified learning experiences such as observation of law enforcement field operations, case management procedures of a prosecutorial agency (District Attorney), criminal court proceeding, participation in a sexual assault victim advocacy program and crime laboratory tour.

AIFE is a provider of continuing education for registered nurses through the California Board of Registered Nursing. The cost for the 60-hour program is $350.00.

Other forensic science continuing education courses offered are: Chain of Custody, Forensic Wound Recognition, Human Trafficking, Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department, Forensic Evidence Collection in the Clinical Setting, Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Nurse Examiner, Infection Control, Court Preparation and Testimony, Elder Abuse and Child Abuse.

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The online Continuing Education Programs at Greenville Tech, the Buck Mickel Center, offers professional level forensic courses such as Basic Evidence Collection, Reproductive Anatomy of the Male and Female, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Child Maltreatment, Identification of Injuries and Elder Abuse.

The University of California-Riverside in partnership with American Forensic Nurses, presents the Forensic Nursing Certificate. This is a comprehensive online program, preparing nurses for career opportunities in law enforcement, social service agencies, medical examiners’ offices and the healthcare setting. Trauma, acts of violence, mass casualty incidents, sexual assault and human abuse are explored as they relate to evidence collection in healthcare and other workplace settings. The units earned in the program are postgraduate professional level designed for professional and occupational advancement.

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