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The Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program provides 24/7 emergency forensic nursing services across the Commonwealth. The Program is seeking applications from a diverse group of committed individuals looking to provide compassionate care for sexual assault patients.
About the training
The MA SANE Certification Training is a 40+ hour program held over the course of 5 weeks, culminating in a certification exam and formal precepting experience. This certification training serves as the basis for eligibility to contract individually with DPH to provide care as a MA SANE.
The didactic content for the MA SANE Certification Training will be provided primarily in an on-line format which will include recorded, self-paced sessions as well as scheduled, live, interactive webinars.
- The live webinars are approximately four hours in length and held twice a week during the training period.
- The two in-person clinical days are held at the interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS) at UMASS Chan Medical School in Worcester.
Upon acceptance to the MA SANE Certification Training, you will be expected to attend all live training sessions (a mix of virtual and in-person), and complete all require pre-work prior to each session. You must be able to commit designated time to the training sessions, pre-work, study/review, and examination. Candidates who miss a live session of the training will not be able to complete certification.
Once the course is successfully completed, including passing the examination, candidates are required to complete at least one precepted SANE case/patient exam.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the next available training. We are currently planning for our next training to be held in the Spring of 2023. To be considered for the spring session, applications much be received by March 10, 2023. Applications received after March 10, 2023 will be given consideration for the Fall 2023 session. The dates for the Spring training are:
Virtual training dates
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
- Thursday, May 4
- Tuesday, May 9
- Thursday, May 11
- Thursday, May 25
- Tuesday, May 30
- Thursday, June 1
- Thursday, June 8
In-person clinical days at UMass
Students to attend either 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. or 12:30–4 p.m. session on Monday, May 15.
Students will also be assigned to one of these three days, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 16
- Friday, May 19
- Monday, May 22
By completing and submitting this application, you are applying to be considered for the MA SANE Certification Training. This training is offered by the MA SANE Program, part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Public Health.
To be eligible to apply for the MA SANE Certification Training, you must be either a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or physician in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience. A working background or knowledge of violence against women, sexual assault, and domestic violence issues is preferable.
The MA SANE role
Upon successful completion of the MA SANE Certification Training, Certified MA SANEs are eligible to apply under the Commonwealth’s RFR 231332 “Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners” to work as a contracted SANE in one of the program’s 6 geographical regions.
Contracted MA SANEs are expected to be available on-call for approximately 30 hours per month (may be more or less, depending on the needs of the Region in which they provide services, and at the discretion of the SANE Program Regional Coordinator and/or Associate Director).
Fees for Apply for the Sexual Assault Nurse Training Certification Program
A fee of $400 is required after acceptance to the training, and before training begins. This fee supports resources for the on-site clinical training and includes 40+ contact hours awarded upon completion of the training program.