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SANE Certificate Program Overview
Support survivors of sexual assault and abuse
Kent State University, in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Akron General, will soon offer an Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Graduate Certificate program. This collaborative program was created to address the regional and national shortage of SANE certified registered nurses, a shortage which is especially prevalent in rural areas.
This certificate program provides registered nurses the specialized training necessary to be certified as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for adult and adolescent patients. SANEs provide comprehensive care to victims of sexual assault or abuse. In addition, they conduct forensic examinations and may provide expert testimony if a case goes to trial.
Nurses receive SANE certification through the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Commission on Forensic Nursing Certification. To be certified, nurses with a minimum of two years of full-time experience must have completed a minimum of 40 hours of sexual assault education; worked under the supervision of an expert (e.g., SANE-certified nurse); performed enough sexual assault exams to demonstrate clinical competency; and successfully passed a certification test.
The certificate’s didactic courses will be offered on-ground and online at the Kent Campus and Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and the practicum experiences will be conducted at the Sexual Assault Evidence Collection and Care Facility of Cleveland Clinic Akron General.
SANE Certificate Curriculum
The Adult/Adolescent SANE certificate program begins in fall semester and takes one (1) year to complete. Students take one didactic course and one clinical practicum course each semester.
This course will provide basic SANE knowledge, skills, and judgment to provide competent, comprehensive, patient-centered, coordinated care to individuals being evaluated for sexual assault or suspected of having been sexually assaulted. This course meets the IAFN education guidelines.
Students apply knowledge and skills gained from NURS 67100 Adult/Adolescent SANE Training in a clinical setting that provides treatment and care to victims of sexual assault. A total of 105 hours are completed.
Concepts related to the administration and evaluation of programs that treat and care for victims of sexual assault are taught, including working with the criminal justice system, evidence collection and documentation, health care cost, leadership and mentoring, and trauma informed care.
Students continue to apply knowledge, hone skills, and gain competencies related to the role of a SANE in a clinical setting that provides treatment and care to victims of sexual assault. A total of 105 hours are completed.
Topics and concepts related to population health and sexual assault are taught, including a quality care model for SANE, self-care for the SANE, victim population, human trafficking, victim health, rape trauma syndrome, PTSD, healing, substance abuse, pharmacology for sexually transmitted disease, access and barriers to care, and working within an interprofessional team.
To be SANE certified, you will need to pass the certification examination offered through the Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification. Our Adult/Adolescent SANE certificate program will prepare you to meet the educational, preceptorship, and practice eligibility requirements for sit for the SANE-A certification examination.
Clinical practicums for our certificate will be held at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Sexual Assault Evidence Collection and Care Facility in Akron, Ohio. Nurses who work in this facility will be the preceptors.
Yes, as long as you meet the admissions requirements for this certificate. SANE-A certification will likely be most applicable for graduate students enrolled in a Women’s Health NP, Certified Nurse Midwife, or Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program, but students in any graduate program are welcome to apply.
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Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.