Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

Become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner to Help Sexual Assault Survivors

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The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training Program at the University of Michigan-Flint is for RNs passionate about the care of sexual assault survivors and interested in training to perform forensic exams. The program will provide RNs with the required didactic and clinical training to work as an adult/ adolescent or pediatric/adolescent SANE in the state of Michigan. RNs completing the entire program will be prepared to sit for the International Association of Forensic Nurses SANE-A or SANE-P certification exams. Nurses willing to work as a SANE in a rural or medically underserved community in Michigan will be considered for grant support.

The funding provides tuition support, travel expenses, and certification fees for those who qualify. With a robust yet condensed format, students receive comprehensive knowledge and are prepared to act as a vital ally for sexual assault survivors.

The UM-Flint SANE program is currently admitting interested applicants for the following semesters:

  • Winter 2024 – Pediatric/Adolescent online didactic course and clinical skills course (on campus)

Adult/adolescent and pediatric/adolescent didactic courses have received IAFN approval.
The didactic content (SANE adult/adolescent and SANE pediatric/adolescent) for the new Certificate program will follow the established SANE Education Guidelines by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations by the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, the American Nursing Association Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, the Forensic Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice,  and the IAFN current (SANE A ® or SANE P ®) Certification Preparation Examination handbook.

Why complete the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at UM-Flint?

Grant Funding Available

UM-Flint has received an Advanced Nursing Education (ANE)-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant with the focus of increasing the number of RNs who are trained and certified as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) in Michigan. Thanks to this grant, we can provide tuition support, travel expenses, and certification fees for RNs willing to serve as a SANE in rural or medically underserved areas.

Positively Impact the Lives of Sexual Assault Survivors

When a SANE trained nurse is not available, forensic exams are often completed by a non-SANE-trained health care provider following a checklist. This practice can affect patients’ long-term mental and physical health and even jeopardize legal proceedings if done incorrectly. By increasing the number of available SANE nurses, and IAFN SANE-A or SANE P certified nurses, we can drastically improve the quality of care and outcomes for sexual assault survivors.

Gain or Enhance Your Skills in Our Center for Simulation and Clinical Innovation

The UM-Flint School of Nursing is proud to host a state-of-the-art simulation center that promotes healthcare education by advancing patient safety and improving interprofessional communication, teamwork, and clinical performance through simulation-based learning experiences and research. Working in our Simulation Center, nurses will train using a variety of modalities, including virtual, standardized patient, mannequin-based, extended reality (XR) immersive 3D experiences, telehealth, and interprofessional simulation experiences.

Learn from Expert Faculty

We have highly skilled faculty with years of experience as sexual assault nurse examiners who continue to practice in the field. Additionally, our Simulation Center faculty and staff are all simulation experts, holding Healthcare Simulation certifications. These faculty and staff will work with you to learn and succeed through our immersive simulation boot camp, clinical preceptorships, and continuing mentorship. With expert faculty and mentors like these, you can be sure you receive the best information through every step of your education.

Flexible Courses to Work Around Your Schedule

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we understand that our students come from diverse backgrounds with different needs for program schedules. The SANE Program offers flexible online and hybrid learning options to accommodate those needs.

Custom Course Plans with Multiple Entry Points

Our program serves RNs with or without previous SANE experience. You can start at the level that best meets your current knowledge and experience through multiple program entry points.

Mentorship/Preceptorship Assistance

We will pair novice SANEs with expert SANEs for clinical preceptorship and mentoring as part of our program to obtain the clinical hours required for certification and practice.

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How the School of Nursing Made This Program Possible

Programs like this are only possible through our passionate faculty’s hard work and dedication. Read how Associate Professors of Nursing Carman Turkelson and Megan Keiser worked to obtain funding and plan for this amazing opportunity.

SANE Nurse Program Curriculum

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills to provide forensic exams and care for sexual assault survivors with the utmost care. The SANE program will consist of several course structures including:

  • Online 7-week didactic courses.
  • Clinical skills simulation training in our Simulation Center
  • An advanced topics course to advance or refresh your knowledge and skills.

The specific mix of classes you take will be based on your previous education, training, and particular needs.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program courses.

  • Introduction to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Theory – Adult/Adolescent (3)
  • Introduction to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Theory – Pediatric (3)
  • SANE Adult/Adolescent Clinical Skills Simulation Training (3)
  • SANE Pediatric/Adolescent Clinical Skills Simulation Training (3)
  • Advanced Topics in SANE Nursing (3)

Admission Requirements

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program is open to RNs across a wide range of educational experiences. To start the program, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Be a registered nurse (RN) with an unrestricted license in the United States.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of nursing practice.

How to Apply

Complete the SANE Nursing Program application to get started.

Become a SANE Nurse to Make a Difference.

Apply to the University of Michigan-Flint’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program to gain the skills to make a difference in the lives and treatment of sexual assault survivors.

More information about the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

Current students and interested applicants to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program are encouraged to talk with our SANE Program Manager, Vickie Jaskiewicz. You can Book an appointment to go over admissions requirements, funding, or any other questions you have related to the program. You can also submit a request for information form or attend one of our upcoming webinars for more info.

Vickie Jaskiewicz

Vickie Jaskiewicz
SANE Program Manager

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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 $1,300,000 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.