Advanced Nursing Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

(ANE-SANE Program)

The Western Region Public Health Training Center at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, in collaboration with the UA College of Nursing, received a three-year HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grant to expand sexual assault response services in rural areas of Region 9 (Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands).

Main Program Objectives

  • Provide funding and support to train and certify nurses in Region 9 to be Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs)
    • Provide financial support to take an online SANE course through the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
    • Facilitate the clinical training necessary to be a competent SANE
    • Cover the cost of the certification exam
  • Financially support preceptors to work with nurses while they learn clinical skills
  • Financially support standardized patients to help nurses practice clinical skills
  • Increase the capacity to provide services at rural hospitals and clinics
    • Purchase supplies needed to provide quality exams
    • Provide equipment such as colposcopes and cameras to a few locations
  • Create an online support app for SANEs that addresses Secondary Traumatic Stress and burn-out
  • Increase overall awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault, available resources, and service locations
    • Create news articles
    • Work with local coalitions
    • Build partnerships between rural and urban areas to facilitate training and capacity building
    • Publish a peer-reviewed paper

To achieve these objectives, the program is looking for nurses who work with patients from rural or Medically Underserved Areas (MUA), and who want to become Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs). There are two training choices, SANE-Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A®) and SANE-Pediatric (SANE-P®). The courses are offered online, the locations for clinical hours are determined on a case-by-case basis, and the exam is taken at a testing center. The program also supports nurses who have already completed the didactic portion of the SANE-A® or SANE-P® course and have their clinical hours but still need to sit for the exam.

Training Details

Didactic Course

Selected nurses will work with the program coordinator to set up a start date for the online training course through the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and ensure it is completed within a three-month period. The cost of the online-course will be covered.

Clinical Training

Once a nurse has completed the online portion, the program will find the best way for them to acquire the clinical skills necessary to work independently. Nurses need to be flexible with how they obtain their clinical skills and hours since there is no standard way to get the clinical piece (this may involve traveling to another city or nearby state).

Covered costs for this portion may include travel to higher-volume hospitals/clinics, room and board for multi-day training, stipends to help cover the cost of missing a few regular workdays, payment for preceptors and standardized patients, and/or a 2-day clinical skills lab.

Application Requirements/Considerations

  • Serious applicants only.
  • In addition to doing extensive research into what becoming a SANE entails, read through the course info found here:
  • Read thoroughly through the links below in addition to doing extensive research into what becoming a SANE entails.
  • Must be a licensed RN with at least 2 years of experience for the SANE-Adult/Adolescent course and 3 years of experience for the SANE-Pediatrics course.
  • Priority will be given to nurses who work in rural and Medically Underserved Areas.
  • Additional priority will be given to nurses who apply with at least one other nurse in their area.
  • Provide a letter of interest demonstrating the ability and desire to practice as a SANE after training.
  • Provide a letter of support from an employer (Draft can be found here).


Certification Exam Details

The certification exam is for nurses who have achieved the highest standards of forensic nursing for sexual assault nurse examiners. One of the eligibility requirements for the SANE-A and SANE-P certifications is that each candidate must have practiced as a sexual assault nurse examiner and/or have provided clinical instruction for sexual assault nurse examiners for a minimum of 300 hours within the past three years. Additionally, 200 of the 300 hours must comprise SANE-related practice that is focused on the adult or pediatric patient population, respective to the certification.

Exams are offered twice a year during April and September at testing centers around the nation. The cost of the certification exam and an exam prep course will be covered by the program.  

Exam Application Requirements/Considerations

  • Serious applicants only.
  • Priority will be given to nurses who work in rural and Medically Underserved Areas.
  • Have your CV/Resume ready to submit in the application
  • Read carefully through the links provided below

Important Links

Timeline for September 2019 Exam

May 19thANE-SANE funding application due. Application link provided below.

May 24th: Funding recipients will be selected and notified via email. Email will contain a demographic survey and IAFN exam application.

June 3rd: Deadline to submit demographic survey and to email completed IAFN application to ANE-SANE program coordinator.

Starting June 3rd, ANE-SANE Program will submit IAFN certification exam applications along with payment. Additional steps will be explained at this time.

The window to apply for funding for the September 2019 Certification Exam is now closed


To learn more about the application process and potential funding opportunities, please email the program coordinator, Erica Freese (