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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Adult/Adolescent Program

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are nurses who have been trained to properly care for victims of assault (both physical and sexual) by providing trauma-informed care and by recognizing, collecting and preserving evidence; interviewing patients; and linking them to vital community resources for follow up. The SANE-Adult/Adolescent certification is a specific certification for SANE nurses trained in treating this population.

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Duquesne School of Nursing Receives HRSA Grant for SANE Program 

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.

"The Duquesne University SANE Training program helped me to improve all aspects of my care. I feel I have a better awareness of how to meet the needs of patients." —Cynthia Clark, MSN, RN, SANE-A, program participant

Scholarship Opportunities

As a recipient of the HRSA grant, Duquesne University School of Nursing is able to offer scholarship opportunities to nurses interested in pursuing IAFN SANE certification.

Learn more about the grant.

Pathways to SANE Certification

seal for IAFN-approved SANE CourseTo achieve SANE-A certification through The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), the steps found on this helpful checklist must be completed before sitting for the IAFN certification exam.

The first step is a 40-hour didactic course, which is approved by IAFN and meets the IAFN SANE Education Guidelines. This course is included in the SANE Grant Program, but it may also be taken alone or as part of a curriculum in some Duquesne educational programs that are part of the School of Nursing (for those who are not interested in pursuing IAFN SANE-A certification). Please note this when applying, as there are various entry points and ways to enroll into the program to meet your needs.

Which Best Describes You?

Current Duquesne Student

Didactic Course: for students currently enrolled in a Duquesne University program who are interested in taking the online 40-hour didactic course with no current plans to pursue a clinically preceptored experience or IAFN SANE-A certification.

Interested in SANE Adult/Adolescent online 40-hour Didactic course only

Didactic Course: for nurses not currently enrolled at Duquesne who are interested in taking the online 40-hour didactic course with no current plans to pursue a clinically preceptored experience or IAFN SANE-A certification.

Interested in IAFN SANE-A Certification and enrollment in SANE Grant Program

Didactic Course: for nurses who have not completed any steps in IAFN certification checklist but are interested in pursuing IAFN SANE-A certification.

Clinical Preceptor Course: for nurses who have completed a SANE Adult/Adolescent 40-hour didactic course and are interested in IAFN SANE-A certification; Didactic course may or may not have been completed at Duquesne, but does meet IAFN SANE Education Guidelines.


Check out our helpful FAQs.

For specific questions about the Didactic Course, please contact Michelle Rodriguez at 412.396.5878 or

For specific questions about the Grant itself or the Preceptor Course, please contact Meghan Currie at 412.396.1434 or


This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,500,000 with no financing by non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.