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Human Trafficking: Medical Response

Course Description
This virtual course covers the basics of the medical response to human trafficking and meets the requirements and is approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in accordance with House Bill 2059, 86th Session, 2019. This course is for all learners - Texas and non-Texas learners.
Learning Outcome(s)

Upon completion of this course, learners will self-report an increase in knowledge of the current, evidence-based information and tools necessary to accurately recognize and intervene in suspected instances of human trafficking. At the end of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Examine Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, federal and state laws pertinent to the health care, mandatory reporting, and potential implications of reporting to law enforcement regarding human trafficking.
  • Focus on the practices to facilitate safety for all, vulnerabilities of those who are, or who can be at risk regarding human trafficking, and role of health care professionals.
  • Analyze trafficking and consensual commercial sex, the concepts of force, fraud and coercion, human trafficking and smuggling, and trafficker profiles and recruitment techniques.
Content Warning
The content in this course necessarily discusses the sexual assault of people, which may be emotionally and intellectually challenging. We do our best to make this course a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content. This course includes realistic portrayals of patients that have experienced sexual assault and may be triggering for some.
2024 Date(s)
*This is an online asynchronous coure*
Course material is accessible all year round after successful registration!
Enrollment Cap
N/A. This a self-paced online course.
Nursing Professional Development 
2.25 hours awarded upon completion.
Alternate Continuing Education
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Course Price
Non-Texas Resident Texas Resident HRSA Grantee IHS Participant
$0 $0 $0 $0 

Non-Texas Resident: Health care professionals who do not reside or work in a Texas health care facility.

Texas Resident: Health care professionals who reside or work in a Texas health care facility. Proof of Texas residence or Texas employment will be required to register. 

HRSA Grantee: Health care professional who has submitted an application for the HRSA Grantee program and has been approved. 

IHS Participant: Attending on behalf of Indian Health Service (IHS).

Delivery Modality

This course will be delivered completely online (via

Once you are registered, you will be loaded to the online course in Canvas and provided information on how to create a username/password and access the Canvas Learning Management System.


No prerequisite except the learner must be a licensed medical professional - DO, MD, RN or APRN.


The education is supported by the Texas Attorney General (OAG) under grant #2094878-01, entitled Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, totaling $500,000 for Texas residents and those who are employed in Texas health care facilities.

The education is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant # T96HP32499 entitled, Advanced Nurse Education-Sexual Nurse Assault Examiner Program, totaling $1,479,977 with zero percent financed with non-governmental sources.

Cancellation & Refund Policies


Accreditation Statement(s)

Texas A&M University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Texas A&M University Schoo0l of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Learners must attend the entire event and/or fully participate in the course to receive continuing education credit.