SANE Training & Technical Assistance Documents


SANE Technical Assistance Documents

Information on competency v. certification for examiners

40 Hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training Description 

The training is geared toward medical professionals: ARNPs, RNs, and physicians and is an approved International Association of Forensic Nurses course which adheres to the National Training Standards for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners for adults and adolescents. The training is also valuable to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, victim advocates and crime lab analysts.  Courses run M-F 8:00-5:00 and include both lecture and hands-on skills training.

Taught by an experienced, highly skilled and well-credentialed licensed nurse trainer, this training provides an interesting and interactive format for learning critical information about this important field.  Training materials are regularly updated to reflect current best practices and participants are equipped with a comprehensive training manual, complete with color photos for injury documentation, evidence based research articles and references.  Group exercises are designed to incorporate lecture materials with hands-on experience.  Small class size allows for individual attention from the instructor.  Additionally, FCASV offers follow up courses, often free of charge, for past participants.

Throughout the week we invite individuals from the community to give guest presentations on working with law enforcement, providing advocacy and therapeutic services, working with prosecutors and crime lab analysis.  Nursing participants receive 40 CEUs. Florida Council Against Sexual Violence is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Florida Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the Florida Board of Nursing Provider ID Number 50-3103.  

Course Fees: $400 (inclusive of all training materials and CEUs)


SANE Advanced One-Day Training Topic Highlights:

  • PTSD and Vicarious Trauma
  • Anatomy Review
  • Taking the Medical Forensic History
  • Head to Toe Assessment for Females and Males
  • Forensic Documentation
  • Trauma Identification
  • Forensic Photography
  • Evidence Collection and Packaging Techniques
  • Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
  • Skills Practice Sessions with Mock Case Studies
  • Case Review 
  • Courtroom Preparation and Testimony
  • Strangulation



40 Hour Trainings: For upcoming SANE trainings, check the website homepage "upcoming events" block.

Clinical Skills and Validation Courses

For this training date there is one option available: clinical validation. Participants who wish to participate in the clinical validation course will have an opportunity to verify their competency with a SANE-A Certified instructor in a clinical simulation[1]

All attendees are required to attend the entire training and participate in follow-up surveys once the training is complete.  Attendees that are selected for the training can attend free of charge.  In order to attend the clinical validation, ALL applicants must have:

  • Completed a qualified 40 hour didactic SANE training
  • Been an RN for a minimum of two years
  • Been checked off as competent to conduct speculum exams by a qualified preceptor
  • Participated in at least one real case (either shadowed or conducted).

Applicants who are selected and agree to attend who then miss the training without notification given at least one week prior to the training will be subject to a $500 charge by FCASV.  Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodation during the training.


[1] Please note that participants’ employing agency may require extra or separate validation.

Clinical Validation Course Schedule: Check the events section on the homepage for upcoming classes.