Online Didactic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Adult Adolescent Course

Registration for the Course

Registration is closed for our July course. Please check back often for upcoming course dates and registration.

About the Course

seal for IAFN-approved SANE CourseThis course, taught by experts in the areas of forensic nursing, law enforcement and criminal prosecution, emphasizes victim advocacy and the importance of being a member of the interdisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in the investigative, health care and prosecution processes.

This course serves as the "classroom" portion of the national certification offered through IAFN (International Association of Forensic Nurses). Nurses will learn the theory, research base, and legal rationales for protocols used by SANEs. Nurses will observe simulated forensic interviews, evidence collection and expert witness testimony.

All training is consistent with the standards of practice as defined by the IAFN.


Contact D'rese Despert at 412.396.5878 or


Ashley Stewart, MSN, RPN, SANE-A, SANE-P, is Adjunct Faculty at Duquesne University as well as a Coordinator of a Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Program in Winnipeg Canada. Full Bio.

Jodie Flynn, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, D-ABMD, is a Nursing Instructor at Capital University, School of Natural Science, Nursing, & Health and a Forensic Nurse Examiner in Richland County, Ohio. Full Bio.

L. Kathleen Sekula, PhD, PMHCNS, FAAN
, is a professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sekula has practiced and conducted research in the area of forensic nursing for over 20 years. Full Bio.

Registration/Cancellation Policy

 We reserve the right to cancel the course due to lack of sufficient enrollment. Notification of a cancellation will be made one week prior to the course. In this case the entire registration fee will be refunded.  

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.