Providing support for SANE training, certification, and sexual assault programs throughout the region.

The University of Arizona College of Nursing received a three-year continuation grant through HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) to continue expanding sexual assault response services in rural and medically underserved areas of Region 9 (Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands).

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 UArizona College of Nursing, received the initial three-year grant from 2018 to 2021 and successfully trained and certified nurses throughout Region 9.

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 nurses in Arizona, Hawaii, and the USAPI to take online SANE courses 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 for SANEs throughout Region 9
    • Support nurses to take continuing education credits
  • Increase the capacity to provide sexual assault services in rural and medically underserved areas by covering the cost of sexual assault program supplies and equipment
  • Create and market SANE Well, a free online support app for SANEs, to address 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 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 IAFN SANE Certification exam.

Training Details

Didactic Course

Selected nurses will work with the program coordinator to set up a start date for the 40+ hour 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 can communicate 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.
  • Priority will be given to nurses who work in rural and Medically Underserved Areas.
  • Provide a letter of interest demonstrating the ability and desire to practice as a SANE after training.
  • Provide a letter of support from a current or previous employer (Draft can be found here).
  • Provide a resume/CV.

Applications for training are accepted on a rolling basis. Personal application links are sent to interested individuals.

To begin the application process, please email the program coordinator, Erica Freese (


Certification Exam Details

The certification exam is for nurses who have achieved the highest standards of forensic nursing for sexual assault nurse examiners.

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.  


  • 2 or more years' practice as an RN for SANE-A, 3 or more years for SANE-P
  • Completion of a minimum 40-hr SANE didactic course by an accredited provider
  • Completion of a SANE clinical preceptorship
  • Accrual of 300 hours of SANE-related practice* within the past 3 years (at least 200 with the intended exam population)

*practice = providing patient care, taking on-call shifts (even if not seeing a patient), precepting/teaching, consulting, and engaging in peer review

Exam Application Requirements/Considerations. Review before applying.

Timeline for April 2022 Exam:

January 9th: UArizona SANE funding application due. Application link provided below.

January 14th: Funding recipients will be selected and notified via email. The email will contain a demographic survey to complete, as well as a link for the IAFN Exam Certification Application with promo code for payment.

February 1st: Deadline to submit demographic survey and IAFN certification exam application(s) (details will be sent in acceptance email).

Funding Application for Certification Exam: 

*Your didactic training course certificate will be required

The certification exam funding application for Spring 2022 is now closed. Please check back in May for the next round of applications


Sexual Assault Program Assistance

Our program has funding to reimburse sexual assault programs throughout Region 9 for the cost of supplies and equipment to enhance their program.

Covered items include but are not limited to:

  • Computers
  • Cameras
  • Alternate light source
  • Training materials such as mannequins or books
  • Exam tables

Please reach out to the program coordinator, Erica Freese ( to see if your program qualifies. 

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