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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

The University of Iowa College of Nursing SANE Online + Clinical training program is a comprehensive and intensive hybrid course to familiarize participants with all aspects of the forensic and health care processes for sexual assault victims. This course, taught by experts in the areas of forensic nursing, law enforcement, advocacy and criminal prosecution, emphasizes the overall importance of the role of the SANE/SAFE and their role in the interdisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). 

Key competencies identified by the primary stakeholders of sexual assault education and standards provide the framework for this training. Participants will learn to apply the nursing process for the medical and forensic evaluation of patients who have experienced sexual assault. Enrollees will participate in a simulated forensic history, demonstrate speculum insertion on a live patient model and practice expert witness testimony in a mock trial as a part of the educational training. The participants will have a beginning understanding of the issues and complexities of the SANE/SAFE role.

Registration Deadline June 10, 2020

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This program consists of two parts:

Part one: Self-directed, online and clinical course designed to help professionals provide their services in the most effective way. It provides 40 hours of online curriculum that you will be allowed 6 weeks to successfully compete. Upon registering below, you will be emailed detailed instructions for the online course. The online course will be open on June 24 and will close on August 3. Once registered, you will be receiving an email with specific instructions to accessing the online portion of the course from Laura Johns, MSN, RN SANE-A Johnson county SART/SANE Coordinator.

Part two:  Two-day, live training/practicum in Iowa City on August 6 and 7 to be held at the College of Nursing Building, 50 Newton Rd., Iowa City, Iowa   


Registration: To register, click here. All communication regarding this course will be sent via email. Please use the best email for you that you have access to regularly. The registration deadline is June 10

Scholarships are available through IowaCASA. Please access the website here: for information regarding the process and application. For those who apply, please register as “pay later” for the course and we will work with IowaCASA to process payment if approved. Applications for scholarships are also due April 1 to IowaCASA.  

If an applicant withdraws registration prior to opening of the online course, the registration fee(s), less a $50 handling charge, will be refunded. We reserve the right to cancel the program due to lack of sufficient enrollment. Notification of a cancellation will be made one week prior to the program. In this case the entire registration fee will be refunded.

Hotel block information is coming soon! 

Please contact Molly James, or 319-335-7075, with any questions.