Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certificate Program

SANE Certificate Program Overview

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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.

Fall Semester [4 credit hours]


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.

NURS 67192: SANE 1 PRACTICUM [1 credit hour]

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.

Spring Semester [4 credit hours]


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.

NURS 67292: SANE 2 PRACTICUM [1 credit hour]

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.

Summer Semester [4 credit hours]


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.

NURS 67392: SANE 3 PRACTICUM [1 credit hour]

Students continue to develop SANE competencies in a clinical setting that provides treatment and care to victims of sexual assault. A total of 105 hours are required.


Kent State University will be admitting students to this certificate program for the fall 2022 term.

The admission criteria for the Adult/Adolescent SANE Certificate are:

  • Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing (BSN or MSN) from an accredited nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative BSN or MSN Grade Point Average of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale
  • Official transcripts
  • Active unrestricted registered nurse license in the state of Ohio.
  • Two years of full-time registered nurse experience.
  • Resume or vitae
  • Three letters of reference from health care professionals
  • A 250-word goal statement describing reasons for seeking the certificate

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Eldy Lazaroff at for additional admissions information.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Costs 

For more information about Kent State's tuition and fees, see the university fee register or visit the Kent State University tuition website. 

At Kent State University, we strive to make the financial aid process as simple as possible. Our financial aid services and scholarship programs help a wide range of students make their goals affordable. Financial aid options for Adult/Adolescent SANE Certificate students include:

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Many employers will pay some or all of the cost of a certificate program. Talk with your human resources department to find out if you qualify.
  • Federal Loans and Grants: You may be eligible for federal and/or private loans and federal/state grants. Contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000 for more information.
  • Nurse Corps Loan Repayment ProgramRepays up to 85% of unpaid loan debt for licensed registered nurses who work full-time in an eligible Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) in a high need area.

Payment Options

  • Tuition can be paid online using a credit card or check, by mail with a check, or in-person with a check.
  • Monthly payment plan options are available.* Tuition can be spread out over 3, 4, or 5 monthly payments.
  • Students who are receiving tuition reimbursement through their employer can apply to defer tuition payment to after the semester ends.*

* Fall and spring semester only

Frequently Asked Questions

Will completing this certificate make me SANE certified?

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.

Where will I complete my clinical practicum?

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.

Will I pay tuition to both Kent State and Cleveland Clinic Akron General?

No, students in this certificate program pay tuition to Kent State University only.

How many students will you enroll each year?

Currently, we are enrolling eight (8) students each year.

Can I complete this certificate program while I am enrolled in a graduate program?

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.