About the Grant

The Duquesne School of Nursing received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant to expand the SANE Program. This grant provides advanced nurse education to increase the number of Registered Nurses who are trained and certified as SANEs, focusing on increasing service to rural and medically underserved areas (MUAs) and areas with a shortage of SANEs.

There are four phases to prepare for the SANE certification exam, in accordance with IAFN Guidelines, that this grant-funded program will provide.

SANE Adult/Adolescent Grant Program

Entry Point Course/Steps to Certification Timeline Platform
Entry for nurses with
no previous SANE experience
Learn theory, research base
and legal rationales for
protocols used by SANEs.
10 weeks
55 contact hours
Entry for nurses with
previous didactic course
2. CPC
Hands-on clinical skills course with standardized patient pelvic training and mock exam
16 CE contact hours
Pittsburgh, PA
Entry for nurses
planning to take SANE exam soon
Access to Expert SANE case review and supervision during the remainder of 300 SANE-related clinical hours at practicing facility or hospital.
A. Individual Support Sessions
B. Monthly Educational Sessions
C. Quarterly Case Review
Varies in length and CE contact hours
1. Varies/no CE contact hours
2. 1 hour each; last Tuesday of every other month @ 5 PM; 1 contact hour each; 6 times per year
3. 1.5 hours each; Mondays @ 6 PM. 4 times per year; 1.5 contact hours each
Access to online classroom and Zoom videoconference
1. Phone/Zoom
2. Zoom (live and recorded)
3. Zoom (live and recorded)
Return to the "online classroom" for certification exam preparation.
12 weeks
6 CE contact hours
Exam fee paid for by grant if nurse participated in all applicable parts of program.
Offered twice a year
In April and September
At local testing site or remotely

The program ends with nurses applying for certification. Fees associated with the certification exam registration will be paid for by the grant.

Eligibility for the SANE Grant

The program is for nurses who:

  • Do not have SANE Preceptor in their facility
  • Work in a setting where they will have access to practice sexual assault exams upon completing the CPC

Acceptance into this program requires a commitment to stay in communication with program staff through to completion of the SANE certification exam. Active participation in all phases of the program from point of enrollment is also required.

Contact Us

Meghan Currie

Project Manager

School of Nursing

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