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 (or in some cases, in-person) SANE course through the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
    • Assist nurses in finding the clinical training necessary to be a competent SANE
    • Cover the cost of the certification exam and prep course
  • Financially support preceptors to work with nurses while they learn clinical skills
  • Increase the capacity to provide sexual assault services at rural hospitals and clinics by covering the cost of supplies and equipment
  • 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

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 didactic courses are offered online and sometimes in-person, and the locations for clinical training are determined on a case-by-case basis. The program also supports SANEs who are ready to sit for the certification 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. If a nurse has found an in-person didactic course they wish to attend they will communicate this with the program coordinator to take the necessary steps to sign-up. The fee for the didactic course is covered by the grant.

Clinical Training

Once a nurse has completed the didactic portion, the program coordinator will work with each nurse to help them decide what is the best way for them to acquire the clinical skills. The nurse will need to ultimately decide where they want to go for clinical training and take the necessary steps to sign themselves up. 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). The grant will cover the training fees

Stipends provided to each nurse can help cover the costs associated with obtaining training including, travel to clinical skills labs or preceptorships, lodging, and per diem.

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:
  • 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).

Applications for training are accepted on a rolling basis. Personal application links are sent to interested individuals. Please see contact information below.


Certification Exam Details

The certification exam funding application for September 2021 is now open!

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. Accepted applicants will have the certification exam fee covered, as well as a year membership to IAFN if they are not already a member.  


Exam Application Requirements/Considerations. Review before applying.

Funding Application for Certification Exam:

*Your didactic training course certificate is required



Please check back in late December/early January to apply for funding for the April certification exam.


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