Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)


Suspension Notice

The MRU SANE course will no longer be offered after the Spring 2020 offering, which runs from May 4 to August 7, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 403.440.6867.


As a registered nurse, this course will prepare you to provide comprehensive care for recent victims of sexual assault. Understand how to offer support, take histories, gain consent, conduct examinations and carry out interventions as needed. Examine risk factors for assault, standards of practice, physical and psychological consequences of assault, forensic and non-forensic examination, injury identification and documentation, as well as discharge follow up.

The course content meets the requirements of the International Association of Forensic Nurses to prepare sexual assault nurse examiners who wish to later write the optional certification examinations.

Social workers, LPN's, lawyers, and police officers are welcome to take the course to further their knowledge in working with sexual assault victims. For non-registered nurses, registration restrictions apply. Please contact us for more information.


  • Enhance your career as a Registered Nurse to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
  • Learn to collect evidence and give testimony in court
  • Serve rural communities that do not have specialized sexual assault teams
  • All required materials are provided as part of the listed course fees. There are no additional costs for materials in this program.
  • Course content and assignments are entirely online
  • This is not a self-paced course. Each assignment will have a specific due date
  • Complete the required course (48 hours) within one semester
  • APA writing guidelines are used in this course. Refer to the MRU Library for further information

Subject (for registration): Forensic Studies
Subject code: XFOR 10001 48 Hours. Fee: $599 +GST
CRN 50352
Online May 1 - Aug. 7

CE Bio - Forensics - SnellCathy Carter-Snell
Cathy is an experienced educator, having designed and taught online and onsite curricula and courses since the mid-1990s. Her teaching is based on a philosophy of adult learning- recognizing that learners bring their own experiences and need to build on these, and that learning must be relevant and useful. She developed and taught the Advanced Critical Care Nursing (ACCN) Emergency program, the Forensic Studies program and now teaches with the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Cathy's clinical background has been almost exclusively working with victims of trauma, including Emergency, Intensive Care, flight nursing and sexual assault/domestic violence units.

She is nationally certified as an Emergency nurse (ENC-C) and internationally certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner of Adults and Adolescents (SANE-A). Cathy has helped to develop international standards of practice and the core curriculum for forensic nurses, co-founded the Forensic Nurses' Society of Canada, and is on a number of community agencies and committees. Her program of research and publication is focused on prevention of violence and effective early intervention after violence has occurred. These include developing standards for injury terminology (BALD STEP), multidisciplinary training programs for sexual assault services, and programs to reduce sexual assault and dating violence among university students.

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Contact us

For information about this course:
403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6