To become a Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC®), the ALNCCB requires that a candidate meets all eligibility criteria, complete the online application, pay all fees, and achieve a passing score on the certification examination. No individual shall be excluded from the opportunity to participate in ALNCCB's certification program on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.
To be eligible to take the examination, candidates must have the following at the time of application:
- current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States or its territories, with a full and unrestricted license.
- a minimum of five years of experience practicing as a registered nurse.
- evidence of 2000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience within the past five years.
Those who meet the eligibility criteria and successfully complete the examination will earn the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC®) credential.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA GUIDELINES
The following guidelines are intended to provide a framework for defining experience that meets the eligibility criteria for LNCC® certification. They are based on the Scope and Standards for the Legal Nurse Consulting Practice (October 1995) published by the AALNC. The activities that satisfy the eligibility requirement for 2000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience must meet all three of the following criteria:
- The activities must be performed at the request of a client (e.g., a law firm, insurance company, hospital, or other agency involved in legal processes), and
- The activities must be related to claims or cases in which the education and experience of a registered nurse are necessary, and
- The activities must be of the kind that is generally considered billable.
Examples of these activities are:
- Collecting, organizing, and reviewing medical records and other relevant healthcare or legal documents.
- Summarizing and analyzing the information in medical records and other relevant healthcare or legal documents.
- Assessing issues of liability, causation, and/or damages.
- Researching relevant healthcare-related literature, guidelines, standards, regulations, etc.
- Communicating verbally or in writing with clients, appropriate parties, experts, and witnesses.
- Identifying, locating, evaluating, and conferring with experts.
- Conferring with clients and appropriate parties regarding case strategies.
- Drafting documents or other materials to be used as attorney work product or as evidence.
- Attending interviews, depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, or trials.
- Contacting and conferring with vendors to develop demonstrative evidence or to collect costs of health care services, supplies, and/or equipment.
- Testifying at depositions, hearings, arbitrations, or trials.
- Training or supervising other nurses in the practice of legal nurse consulting.
- Explaining the theory and practice of relevant health sciences or healthcare issues to legal professionals and other members of the legal team.
- Instructing other healthcare professionals in the aspects of legal liability pertaining to their own practice.
Activities which may be potentially billable but may NOT be used to satisfy this eligibility requirement are:
- Traveling to and from sites to perform any of the above activities.
- Accounting and billing as part of managing a business.
- Marketing as part of managing a business.
- Solely waiting to give testimony.
For additional information on examination eligibility, please contact ALNCCB Headquarters at 877/402-2562 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examination Dates and Locations
The LNCC® examination is offered twice each year, in the spring and fall, at test sites nationwide. The exam is offered via Computer Based Testing (CBT) and Live Remote Proctoring.
Upcoming Examination Dates
Application Submission Deadline
May examination dates:
May 2 2022 - May 23, 2022
Submission deadline April 30, 2022
October examination dates:
October 3 - October 24, 2022
Submission deadline September 30, 2022
ALNCCB & Prometric ensure arrangements can be made for candidates requesting special accommodations through CBT test centers and via remote proctoring. The candidate is responsible for making the request and for providing documentation of the need for a special accommodation by the application deadline(s). In addition, a letter from a physician or a medical specialist knowledgeable of the candidate’s disability must accompany the completed application. ALNCCB recognizes the definition of disability included in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and acknowledges the provisions of the Act.
All IQT Testing sites are independently operated from Prometric and therefore they update their calendar on a month to month basis (most often at the beginning of each month). For this reason, we suggest not attempting to schedule your exam prior to one month before your exam in order to see the most up-to-date testing locations offered.
Prometric will provide you with your testing location's address and
LNCC Exam Application Fees
- AALNC Member: $360
- Non-Member: $495
For information on joining AALNC, click here.