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Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNEcl®)

The Academic Clinical Nurse Educator Certification Exam was created for academic clinical nurse educators to demonstrate expertise in this role. The academic clinical nurse educator facilitates the learning of nursing students throughout clinical components of an academic nursing program. This educator is guided in this role by faculty of the nursing program and is accountable to that nursing program for providing fair evaluations of learners' performance in meeting expected learning outcomes. The academic clinical nurse educator may have a variety of titles depending on the classification used by the specific nursing education program (e.g., clinical faculty, part-time faulty, adjunct faculty, clinical instructor, or preceptor).

The certification test plan for this role is based on the identified competencies of the Academic Clinical Nurse Educator and can be found within the Academic Clinical Nurse Educator Candidate Handbook.

Live online proctoring is available for candidates. An approved candidate is able to select in-center testing or the live online proctoring method of testing. Below are links to videos that explain more about the online proctoring option.

Click here to view Scantron's Live Online Proctoring video.

Click here to view Scantron's Live Online Proctoring Candidate Experience Video.

Certification Portal

Exam Registration is NOW OPEN

Print Your Certificate

You are now able to print your own certificate confirming successful attainment of your certification. First, enter your Certification Profile via the Certification Portal on the page of the certification on the NLN website. If you have not entered your profile previously, log in with your NLN member login credentials. After assuring yourself that all of the information on your membership data base is correct, exit all the way out. Log in again via the Portal and you should be taken to your Certification Profile page. On the left side of the page is a menu of links to various options. One of them is the Print MY Certificate option. Click on that option and you will be directed to the page for accessing the print function. The same menu contains a link to Renewal. The link will allow you to proceed with uploading Renewal Credit activities at any time during the five-year cycle that the certification is in effect.

Non-Discrimination Policy

This certifying organization does not discriminate among candidates as to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Review of test items, inclusive of the potential of test item bias, is maintained.

Candidates have the right to expect all aspects of the certification process to be fair and free from discrimination. All reasonable efforts should be made to ensure examinations are job-related; no candidate is excluded from the examination as a result of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity; language that may be offensive to population subgroups has been eliminated; and bias and stereotyping have been reduced.

Bias is the presence of an item characteristic that results in the differential performance of candidates of equal ability. Variations in test results are acceptable only when they reflect the true ability of candidates and not when they result from unintended interpretation of the item by an identifiable subgroup. Bias in an examination is a validity issue.