How does the didactic course work?
Over an eight-week period, participants view approximately 40 hours of video and receive additional readings. The training is broken down into smaller modules of about six hours of video per week. Participants are required to post comments or questions about that portion in an online discussion board with other participants. A module is released every week, with a week or so in between for catch up time. Once the module is released, it can be accessed any time, day or night, 24/7 throughout the entire course. There is an exam that is only released for 24 hours three times during the last two weeks of the course.

How long does it take to complete the didactic course?
The program is scheduled to run approximately eight weeks, but we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Do I need to come to campus for any reason for the didactic course?
No. The didactic course is entirely online.

Is there a required clinical component for the didactic course?
No. Although, the speculum insertion process is covered as part of the modules, participants will need to get hands-on experience during a preceptored experience. We do not require a clinical component as part of our didactic course.

The didactic course alone DOES NOT certify you as a SANE. Participants who want to become certified as a SANE-A through the IAFN, need to complete a preceptored experience after completing our course. Please visit the IAFN's website,, for more information about the national certification requirements, examinations and test dates. If you are interested in becoming a practicing SANE and completing all training requirements through to the final IAFN certification exam, please see grant sponsored scholarship opportunity offered through the Duquesne University School of Nursing.

Can I receive continuing education for courses that are part of the SANE Program?
Yes. 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. Professionals from other disciplines are invited to participate, but we only offer continuing education for nurses at this time.


Course/Component Continuing Education Contact Hours
Didactic Course 55
Clinical Preceptor Course 16
Mentoring Phrase Varies based upon participation
Review Course 6

How often is the didactic course offered?
The online SANE training program is typically offered three times a year.

I am interested in becoming a practicing SANE with SANE-A certification. How do I register? You may be eligible for enrollment in the SANE Grant Program. Please see the SANE Grant Program for more information.

How often is the Clinical Preceptor Course offered? The Clinical Preceptor Course is typically offered four to six times a year.

Where is the Clinical Preceptor Course held? WISER, a simulation center in Pittsburgh, PA.

How long is the Clinical Preceptor Course? The Clinical Preceptor Course is held Wednesday evening, 4:30 PM through Friday evening, 5 PM (Eastern).

If I enroll in the SANE Grant Program, what costs are covered? All costs associated with courses, exam fees, and course-related travel expenses will be covered or reimbursed.

What happens after I complete the Clinical Preceptor Course? You will be enrolled into the Mentoring Phase of the program. Once you have completed your SANE-related clinical hours under the mentorship of the Expert SANE team, you will be enrolled into the online Review Course to prepare you for the certification exam. You will then apply for certification through IAFN.