Advanced Forensic Nursing Care

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Advanced Forensic Nursing Care Education

Advanced Forensic Nursing Care education offers didactic and clinical courses to prepare advanced practice nursing students who are trained, certified, and engaged in forensic practice as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) in communities on a local, regional, and national level. The program provides didactic and clinical education in forensic nursing science along with clinical skills simulation and practicum experiences specific to sexual trauma care using an innovative format designed to encourage further exploration in forensic nursing topics. Successful achievement of the professional and academic components of the project will result in students’ preparation to sit for national certification as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) in adult (SANE-A) and/or pediatric (SANE-P) populations and SANEs who are prepared to improve outcomes related to the care of sexual assault victims in their respective communities.  Students who qualify for acceptance to the program may apply for a $1,000 stipend through the HRSA SANE grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pathways to complete the Program

Community Pathway is for any Registered Nurse in the community who would like to be trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. This pathway does not require individuals to apply to the university.

Academic Pathway is for individuals currently in USA College of Nursing Graduate Programs who wish to earn a Post Graduate Certificate in this subspecialty area.  Students must be pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, or a Post Graduate Certificate.

Community Pathway Application

Registered Nurse in the community who would like to be trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner may complete the application for admission to the Community Pathway at the following link:

Advanced Forensic Nursing Care Program Pre-Enrollment Form

After you have completed the application for Advanced Forensic Nursing Care to be identified with the USA class/cohort, then you may proceed to the website and complete their application for online SANE training. Choose the population of your interest/specialty: SANE A: Adult/adolescent (from puberty to adolescence to elderly) or SANE P: Child/adolescent (from birth to puberty to adolescence). Once you successfully complete the training, you will be eligible for the upcoming skills lab on the USA campus. The dates for the clinical skills are still to be determined. If you need any assistance, please reach out!

Academic Pathway Application

Current CON graduate students may contact their academic advisor to request the Advanced Forensic Nursing Care Post Graduate Certificate subspecialty be added to their current curriculum schedule.

Prospective graduate students should apply for the Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Forensic Nursing Care Subspecialty by submitting an application to the College of Nursing.  The application process is located at colleges/con/msn/msnapplic. html . If you have any questions about the application process, please email  You will also need to complete the Advanced Forensic Nursing Care Program Pre-Enrollment Form.

Continuing Education Credits

The University of South Alabama College of Nursing SANE Grant is offering a free course “Expanding the Role of the SANE” worth 3.0 contact hours. The topics include SANE Leadership, Vicarious Trauma, and Introduction to Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy. Upon completion of the course, you will be routed to an anonymous survey.

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Test Your Skills in Sexual History Taking

Test your skills in sexual history taking

Earn 0.5 CME credits and test your skills in opening a conversation about sexual health and HIV prevention with a simulated standardized patient.

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Access Code: NACE2020

Initiating an open and honest conversation with patients about their sexual health and determining clinical eligibility for preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is often challenging to many primary care providers (PCPs) who may feel uncomfortable and unprepared. This innovative live activity is designed for PCPs to practice their skills in sexual health discussions and HIV prevention via a telehealth visit with a Standardized Patient (SP). SPs are actors trained to simulate the signs, symptoms, and behaviors of patients seen in a PCP’s daily practice. Participants will interact with an SP using a video conferencing platform, and a trained observer will evaluate the recorded session and provide the participant with a “scorecard.” The scorecard is based on the participant’s success to utilize shared decision-making techniques and the extent to which they and SP worked together to address HIV prevention centered around clinical evidence and the SP’s preferences and beliefs.

HRSA's Advanced Nursing Education – PrEP for Prevention: Optimizing Sexual Health and Decreasing HIV Risk

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Online Webcast Available 24/7 Expires 10/05/2021

Initiating an open and honest conversation with patients about their sexual health and determining clinical eligibility for preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is often challenging to many primary care providers (PCPs) who may feel uncomfortable and unprepared. This one-hour enduring webcast is designed to increase awareness among PCPs of their role in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention, provide practical tools to improve their comfort and skills in opening dialogues about sexual health, and prepare them to provide full PrEP services.

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the epidemiology, burden, and stigma surrounding HIV risk and transmission 
  • Initiate a patient-clinician dialogue to discuss and assess sexual health and behaviors and determine HIV risk 
  • Utilize US Public Health Service (USPHS)/US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical practice guidelines: Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for the Prevention of HIV Infection in the United States to appropriately screen and determine clinical eligibility for PrEP
  • Initiate and provide ongoing monitoring for patients on PrEP for HIV prevention

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Upcoming Events

Child Abuse Web Based Quarterly Peer Review (1hr) hosted by Dr. David Bernard, MD, University of AL at Birmingham
November 9 @ 12 PM CST
email to be added to the group

American Elder Abuse Conference
September 27-29, 2021

Inquiries and Information

For more information about the ANE/SANE program, please contact:

Carolyn Dolan, JD, MSN, FNP-C, PCPNP, Project Director


Ashley Marass, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Terrie Platt, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC, CMP


Candice N. Selwyn, PhD

Elizabeth VandeWaa, PhD


This publication is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling approximately $1.4 million with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement of HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.