Legal Nurse Certification FAQ

My business has exploded. In less than 2 years, I have 68 attorney-clients. My projected income this year is well into six digits. It’s phenomenal to me that I have been this successful. I sometimes have to pinch myself and say, ‘Is this really me?’*

Marie L. Wendle
RN, SBN, CCRN, CLNC
Washington
  1. Why should I become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC® consultant)?
    Your CLNC Certification is evidence that you have mastered a complex body of specialized knowledge. More importantly, the trademark CLNC Certification will give you a competitive edge over other consultants and help you build a profitable legal nurse consultant business more quickly.

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  2. How long is my initial CLNC Certification valid?
    The initial CLNC Certification is valid for two years.

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  3. How is the CLNC Certification different from other programs?
    The CLNC Certification is the only certification that requires an extensive course of study in legal nurse consulting as an eligibility requirement. The combination of legal nurse consulting education, your nursing knowledge and experience, and the CLNC Certification will give you the competitive edge when marketing to attorneys and insurance companies. In addition, for one year from date of purchase, you will receive personalized coaching and mentoring from successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultants through the Vickie Milazzo Institute’s CLNC Mentoring Program.

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  4. Do I need to use the ® after my CLNC certification mark once I become certified?
    No, the ® after the CLNC certification mark throughout our literature and this website indicates that the CLNC certification mark is a federally registered certification mark belonging to the Institute. You will simply use the CLNC certification mark after your name without the ®, as in Judy Smith, RN, CLNC.

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  5. Are actual exam questions available for review?
    Vickie Milazzo Institute does not make exam questions available for review. Because exam questions can be used for more than one exam administration, distributing such materials would compromise the security of the items and the fairness of the exam.

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  6. When do I receive my test score?
    Test results will be available on your computer screen at the completion of the online exam. Test scores will be released only to the candidate.

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  7. Who may learn about my CLNC Certification status?
    Vickie Milazzo Institute may release your certification status to a third party if you give permission in writing.

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  8. What if I need to retake the exam?
    If you do not receive a passing score, you may retake the exam. There is no waiting period for retesting, but Vickie Milazzo Institute recommends that you allow enough time to study and prepare again. Different forms of the examination will be given. Unsuccessful candidates who wish to be retested must reapply to Vickie Milazzo Institute, resubmit all applicable fees and documentation and reestablish eligibility. Unsuccessful candidates may submit a copy of their “fail notice” in lieu of resubmitting the documentation forms, however, they must submit a new exam application.

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  9. How often can I retake the examination?
    You may retake the examination as often as needed to successfully complete it. If you are taking the exam to renew your CLNC Certification, please keep in mind that you must successfully complete the exam prior to your certification expiration date to avoid any lapse in your certification.

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  10. Can I appeal these policies?
    Requests to waive any policy of Vickie Milazzo Institute regarding eligibility or administrative issues must be received in writing within 60 days of the incident being appealed. The correspondence should contain a detailed account of why the policy should be waived. All decisions will be provided in writing. FAILURE OF THE EXAMINATION IS NOT APPEALABLE.

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  11. How do I renew my CLNC Certification?
    Visit the Renewing Your CLNC Certification section for your recertification options.

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  12. Can my CLNC Certification be revoked or suspended?
    CLNC Certification may be revoked or suspended for any of the following reasons:
    • Falsification of the certification or recertification application.
    • Falsification of any information requested by Vickie Milazzo Institute.
    • Failure to maintain eligibility requirements.
    • Failure to maintain an active RN license.
    • Failure to pay fees, default on or failure to maintain current account payment status.
    • Misrepresentation of CLNC status.
    • Violation of Vickie Milazzo Institute’s trademark policy.
    • Violation of Vickie Milazzo Institute’s copyrights.
    • Cheating on the CLNC Certification Examination.
    • Findings of unethical conduct including violation of state or federal laws, or unfair or unethical business practices.
    • Conviction of a felony.

    The revocation or suspension is made in the sole judgment of Vickie Milazzo Institute and is final.

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