Although IAFN offers online adult/adolescent didactic SANE training, the Association also strongly supports training at the community level, delivered in a variety of formats. The Association attests that its own training meets the Education Guidelines, but it also offers a robust service to assess, approve, and endorse other SANE training programs.


Hosting SANE Training and Education

Originally published at Forensic Healthcare Online:
Author: Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Updated August 2015

IAFN’s mission is to provide leadership in forensic nursing through the development, promotion, and dissemination of information about our practice globally. The area of forensic nursing most solidly established and embraced has been that of the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). With the assistance of its members, IAFN has become the voice for this practice as well as for this patient population. Part of establishing that voice has been the creation and updating of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Education Guidelines.

The purpose of the Guidelines has always been to assist the examiner in meeting the needs of the patient by establishing the minimum level of knowledge necessary to do so. However, the Guidelines also outline the framework for the certification examinations, as they prescribe the body of knowledge that can be tested.  With this in mind . . .


Prior to committing to a trainer, obtain the following:

  • Who will be the primary trainer?

  • Does the trainer hold Board certification (SANE-A® or SANE-P®) for that area of practice?

  • What organization will grant continuing education contact hours or academic credit for the course?

  • Is that organization an accredited provider of continuing nursing education?

For more information on what “accredited” means, visit:

The American Nurses Credentialing Center is one of a number of accrediting entities; IAFN is an ANCC-accredited provider. To search for ANCC-accredited organizations by location, visit:


For attendees at any SANE training to be eligible for Board certification by the Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification, the SANE training program must be consistent with IAFN’s SANE Education Guidelines. Eligibility criteria to sit for the SANE certification exams can be found here.



Attending SANE Training and Education

  • Have you read a copy of the most recent IAFN SANE Education Guidelines ?
  • Is the training an Adult/Adolescent, a Pediatric/Adolescent, or a Combined course?
  • Does the training provide a minimum of 40 (or 64) hours of didactic (versus clinical) content?
  • Does the training grant a minimum of 40 (or 64) contact hours or academic credit?
  • Is the organization awarding the contact hours or academic credit from an accredited provider of continuing nursing education?
  • Are you planning to sit for certification in the future?
  • Have you read the eligibility criteria to sit for the certification exam?

It is the student’s responsibility to verify that the course meets her/his needs as a forensic examiner. IAFN approved courses are listed here.  If you plan or expect to sit for the SANE-A® or SANE-P® certification exam in the future, it is highly recommended that you review the eligibility criteria established by the Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification to confirm that the course you select meets the eligibility criteria for you to sit for the exam. The eligibility criteria can be found in the SANE Certification Examination Handbook.


Obtaining Pediatric SANE Training After the Adult SANE Training

Pediatric SANE trainings of less than 40 hours DO NOT meet IAFN‘s SANE Education Guidelines unless the student has taken the Adult/Adolescent training as part of the same course outline (minimum of 64 hours total for a combined course). A “combined course” means that the same individual or team of individuals (course planner) has developed the entire curriculum including the adult, adolescent, and pediatric content, and understands that all SANE Education Guidelines’ content has been covered. When portions of the 64-hour course are distinctly separate, with separate course planners, the course does not meet the SANE Education Guidelines.


Clinical Preceptorship

The direct patient care clinical preceptorship is designed to complement the classroom educational experience. This allows the registered nurse the opportunity to apply information and skills obtained during the classroom experience. Although at this time the Association’s SANE Education Guidelines do not prescribe the number of hours in a clinical preceptorship, they do outline the content that should be covered, including optional experiences. The preceptor assesses the preceptee’s requisite clinical skills and is the one who determines and attests to the preceptee’s clinical competence.