As part of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Campus Network, the Duquesne University School of Nursing offers a 10-week SANE campus-focused course that covers topics within the field of forensic nursing, focusing specifically on campus victim advocation and support. Participants will also be eligible for over 50 CE credits upon completion of the course. Participants will learn about a variety of subjects, including:

  • What to do when a student reports an assault
  • How to work with campus and community partners
  • Prevention efforts that can be implemented on campus
  • Acute and long-term post-sexual assault care options, such as education of what to expect with a forensic exam, counseling, pregnancy prevention and emotional trauma.

seal for IAFN-approved SANE CourseUpon completion of the course, which is approved by and follows guidelines from the International Association of Forensic Nursing (IAFN), you will feel more confident in your knowledge of sexual assault and how it may appear uniquely in a campus setting, the critical steps to take when a student reports a sexual assault, and primary and secondary preventions to implement on your campus.


"The course exposed me to new avenues in my outreach to students."

Maria Rivera, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY

Course Details

This highly interactive course, taught by experts in forensic nursing, includes hours of interactive video, discussion boards for asking questions and encouraging dialogue, and additional readings.

The course has six modules with approximately four to six hours of lecture per week, which is to be completed asynchronously. During the last two weeks of the course, you will be required to complete a final exam.

There is no clinical component to this course. Because this course is entirely online, there is no requirement to visit the Duquesne University campus.

Additionally, as part of the wider SANE Campus Network program, you will have access to a series of 12 monthly sexual assault continuing education sessions that build on content from the initial course and incorporate new information critical to understanding campus-based sexual assault.

Course Related Questions

Who is eligible?

In order to take the course, you must be a nurse working on a university or college campus at any employment level, whether it be on a part-time, full-time or casual basis.

Certificate or Certification?

Upon completion of this course, you will have the necessary knowledge and tools to educate and support victims of sexual assault on your campus. This course alone, however, does not certify you as a SANE, who is often the first point of care when someone has been sexually assaulted. Following the completion of this didactic course, you will receive a certificate-not to be confused with SANE certification.

Most nurses who complete the training will not conduct sexual assault exams on campus, but you will be prepared to educate students about the process and connect them with the care they need. You will also be able to explain the SANE exam process in detail and connect students with community-based resources.

What is a SANE-trained or Certified Provider?

As stated above, SANE-trained or certified providers are often the first point of care after a sexual assault. They complete forensic sexual assault exams in which they document trauma and collect evidence from assaults. SANEs may also provide holistic nursing care for victims, which could include referring victims to other specialists, providing prophylactic antibiotics and testing for pregnancy. SANEs are unique in that they are also able to advocate for a patient by testifying for them in court, using evidence from the forensic exam.

SANEs are a part of what is called the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), which can be composed of counselors, law enforcement and other specialists within health care. They occupy a critical, supportive role for victims of sexual assault.

How to Become Certified as a SANE?

The SANE campus-focused course fulfills the requirement of a 40-hour didactic course by an accredited provider, as specified in the SANE certification eligibility. Following completion of this SANE course, you will:

  1. Need to take a SANE clinical preceptor course, which will provide hands-on preceptorship opportunities to complete simulated clinical experiences.
  2. Then have three years to complete 300 hours of SANE-related, hands-on practice. It is important to understand that you must work in a facility where you will have the opportunity to complete these 300 practice hours within the three-year time limit.
  3. Be required to successfully take the certification examination in order to be officially certified as a SANE.

Through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Duquesne University School of Nursing offers a SANE program that provides funded, advanced nurse education and support to increase the number of Registered Nurses who are trained and certified as SANEs.


For questions or clarification, please contact

Sophie Pillsbury

Program Coordinator


Duquesne University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.