Legal Nurse Consultants

Legal Nurse Consultant

a legal nurse consultant is to analyze the available information and provide an informed option about the quality of medical care given and the outcome that resulted from that care.

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Legal Nurse Consultant Certification

One way legal nurse consultants can validate their expertise is to earn credentials. These are certifications awarded by non-profit associations that have standing in the industry. Credentials prove to the applicant and the public that the person has obtained an exceptional level of knowledge and skill. Typically, only people that have worked for several years in their fields can apply for the credential, and earning it usually involves taking a written exam.



The only certification available to LNCs at this time is the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC). This credential was accredited by the ABNS (American Board of Nursing Specialties) in 1999 and is the only one recognized by the AALNC, which is why it is considered the gold standard amongst LNCs. It is administered by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB) which was established in 1997. To earn the credential, applicants must meet or exceed the same educational and skills standards as the clinical nursing certification programs.

The LNCC certification should not be confused with a certificate that is awarded to students when they complete an educational program. To help distinguish the difference, refer to the points below:

Certification vs. Certificate

Legal Nurse Consultant Certification

  • An assessment program that verifies the knowledge, skills, and real-world experience a person has obtained in a specific area
  • Generally requires the person to have work for a length of time in the profession
  • A neutral third-party organization evaluates the individual and awards the credential
  • The person is measured against a set of standards developed using process that produces a baseline of knowledge and skills required by the industry
  • Measurement of the person abilities, skills, and knowledge is done by application or exam
  • Awarded credentials can be listed after the person’s name
  • The person must maintain the credential through continuing education and training, and must retest to prove he or she continues to meet the minimum requirements
  • Is a voluntary process; however, employers look more favorably upon applicants with credentials


Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate

  • Obtained by completing an educational program encompassing a specific set of courses with a particular focus
  • Can be completed by new and experienced professionals
  • Typically awarded by an educational institution
  • Curriculum is developed by the education institution (typically not standardized)
  • Can only be listed on a resume
  • A certificate only verifies that student completed the program successfully; it says very little about the person’s level of knowledge or skills

LNCC Exam Eligibility Requirements
Applicants that wish to take the exam must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Must be a licensed registered nurse in the United States or its territories
  • Have a least 5 years of experience in the field
  • Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of legal consulting experience within the previous 3 years




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