UArizona Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

Providing support for SANE training, certification, and sexual assault programs throughout Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands.

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UArizona Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

SANEs are essential nurses, who provide specialized care to survivors of sexual assault. Our program aims to improve awareness around sexual assault, increase available resources and training, and expand service locations.

SANE Training Process

Available to nurses in Arizona, Hawaii, and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands.

  • Fill out UArizona SANE funding application
  • Once accepted, complete demographic survey and watch for course enrollment email from the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
  • Complete online 41-hour SANE-Adult Didactic course and/or 43-hour SANE-Pediatric Didactic course. Each course must be completed within a 3 month period.
  • Receive first half of stipend (to be used to help cover any costs associated with obtaining SANE training)
  • Figure out the best way to acquire clinical skills training.
  • Flexibility and persistence is needed to obtain clinical skills since there is no standard way (this may involve traveling to another city or nearby state).
    • For a comprehensive outline on what constitutes a preceptorship, along with three different approaches that meet the criteria, refer to the Education Guidelines (adult/adolescent preceptorship information is on page 35 and pediatric on page 64).
    • IAFN has a list of SANE Clinical Preceptorship opportunities.
  • Receive second half of stipend
  • Throughout the process, connect with local sexual assault programs for employment opportunities and begin shadowing/precepting.

Community Nurse Application Requirements/Considerations

  • Serious applicants only.
  • In addition to doing extensive research into what becoming a SANE entails, read through the course info.
  • Must be a licensed RN.
  • Priority will be given to nurses who work in rural and Medically Underserved Areas.
  • Before applying, have the following documents ready to upload:
    • A one-page letter of interest demonstrating the ability and desire to practice as a SANE after training.
    • A letter of support from a current or previous employer (Draft found here).
    • A resume/CV

To learn more, please submit your information here:

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DNP SANE Application now open!

*Must currently be in your clinical year in the DNP program to apply.*


  • Applications are due March 15th, 2024
  • Acceptance emails will be send out on March 30th
  • Enrollment in 41-hour didactic training in April (Must complete within a 3 month period ahead of clinical skills training)
  • Attend a 2 ½ day clinical skills training session (mid-July)

For clinical/simulation hours:

  • AGACNP (Adult Geriatric Acute Care) students: 40 simulation hours
  • Nurse Midwifery: 40 simulation hours
  • Psychiatric Mental Health: 40 simulation hours
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 40 simulation hours
  • Pediatric Nurse practitioner: welcome to apply, cannot count toward clinical hours

Please email completed application to with Subject line, DNP Application - First and Last name.

Download Application

SANE Certification Exam

Available to SANEs in Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands. For nurses who have achieved the highest standards of forensic nursing for sexual assault nurse examiners through training and practice.

Application Process:

  • Fill out UArizona Funding Application
  • Once accepted into UArizona SANE program, apply through IAFN to sit for certification
  • Certification exam fee covered, and year membership to IAFN if not already a member
  • Invitation to sit for certificate exam with details on how to register through testing site
  • Important exam information
  • Application open until the 2nd of January
  • 2 or more years' practice as an RN for SANE-A, 3 or more years for SANE-P
  • Completion of a minimum 40-hr SANE didactic course by an accredited provider (Certificate must be uploaded to funding application)
  • Completion of a SANE clinical preceptorship
  • Accrual of 300 hours of SANE-related practice* within the past 3 years (at least 200 with the intended exam population) *practice = providing patient care, taking on-call shifts (even if not seeing a patient), precepting/teaching, consulting, and engaging in peer review

Funding Application

The current application opportunity is for the April 2024 exam.

Sexual Assault Program Assistance

Our program has limited funding to reimburse sexual assault programs up to $5,000 for the cost of supplies and equipment to enhance their program. Available to programs in Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the USAPI.

Covered items include but are not limited to:

  • Computers
  • Cameras
  • Alternate light source
  • Training materials such as mannequins or books
  • Exam tables

Contact Us to Apply for Funding

What we have accomplished so far:

259 Nurses Funded

259 Nurses Funded

  • Arizona – 145 nurses
  • California – 62 nurses
  • Hawaii – 11 nurses
  • Nevada – 16 nurses
  • American Samoa – 12 nurses
  • Northern Mariana Islands – 13 nurses

Educational Accomplishments

Educational Accomplishments

  • 127 SANE-Adult/Adolescent didactic courses
  • 43 SANE-Pediatric didactic courses
  • 142 stipends given to acquire clinical training
  • 32 nurses trained through two subcontracts
  • 65 SANE-A certification exams taken
  • 28 SANE-P certification exams taken

Program Assistance

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  • 9 SANE sites enhanced with equipment and supply purchases


The UArizona SANE program introduces

SANE Well: Self-care app for SANEs to promote wellness and resilience.

Learn More

The University of Arizona College of Nursing received a three-year continuation grant through HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) to continue expanding sexual assault response services in rural and medically underserved areas of Region 9 (Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands).

The Western Region Public Health Training Center at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, in collaboration with the UArizona College of Nursing, received the initial three-year grant from 2018 to 2021 and successfully trained and certified nurses throughout Region 9.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under T96HP32508, “Advanced Nurse Education Sexual Nurse Assault Examiner program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.