Enhance your credentials with specialized skills in Nurse Paralegal

  • 30 s.h. Post Baccalaureate Certificate.
  • Graduates have jobs! Strong employment of graduates upon graduation with the majority of graduates employed full-time as paralegals with the top law firms, corporations, and courts in the Metro area.
  • The Program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1984 and enjoys a strong reputation in the Metro area legal community. Attorneys refer their staff and family to the Madonna Paralegal Program.
  • The Program offers flexible scheduling, with only 9 s.h. required to be taken on campus.
  • The faculty includes experienced attorneys. 
  • Completion of the degree or certificate requirements does not authorize the graduate to practice law as an attorney, or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Program Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Paralegal Certificate provides nurses holding a BSN degree and significant clinical nursing experience, a chance to utilize their nursing knowledge and legal concepts to assist attorneys in litigation of cases where there has been an injury or death, as well as in areas of risk management, insurance and elder care.

The post-B.S.N., Nurse Paralegal Certificate, requires 30 credits of carefully selected paralegal courses. Post-degree students also have the option of getting a second bachelor’s degree by taking 6 credits of religious studies. Completion of the certificate requirements does not authorize the graduate to practice law as an attorney, or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

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Faculty Bios

Kenneth J. ThielChairperson, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Arizona State University

B.S., Wayne State University



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Kenneth J. Thiel

Early in my career, I investigated the neural mechanisms of drug addiction, primarily through the use of lab rats.  Following my time in the world of animal research, I decided to take a position as a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Army.  I spent several years traveling across the country to many of our outstanding military installations and working with Soldiers suffering from some of the "invisible" wounds of war (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury). 

I was also part of the longitudinal study in which we administered neurocognitive test batteries and drew blood for genetic/proteomic testing from hundreds of Soldiers prior to their first deployment with the hope that this information might better help us identify some key behavioral and neurochemical predispositions to developing combat-related psychological disorders.

I am currently Chair of Madonna's Institutional Review Board, and I am the Faculty Advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi (Psychology's Honors Society).

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Mary Meinzinger UriskoProgram Director, Paralegal Studies

J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

B.A., Michigan Sate University



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Mary Meinzinger Urisko

Dr. Mary Meinzinger Urisko, J.D., is a Professor and the Director of the Paralegal Studies Program. Dr. Meinzinger Urisko holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University, a J. D. from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Dr. Meinzinger Urisko is co-author of The Paralegal Today 7th.ed, an introduction to law textbook for paralegals, published by Cengage. Her research focuses on changes in the law needed to keep the textbook current.

Additionally, Dr. Meinzinger Urisko has published articles in The Michigan Legal Assistant, Legal Assistant/Paralegal Today and Facts & Findings, as well as speaking at the annual Legal Assistants’ Day sponsored by the Michigan Bar Association Paralegal/Legal Assistants Section, LAAM's job fair, and the national American Association for Paralegal Studies annual conference.

Dr. Meinzinger Urisko is a recipient of the Michigan Bar Association Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section’s Mentor Award.

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V. Lynn CarlinoAssociate Professor

J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

LL.M., Wayne State University

B.A., University of Michigan



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V. Lynn Carlino

Dr. V. Lynn Carlino, J.D., LL.M. is a Professor in the Paralegal Studies Program. Dr. Carlino holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law, and a Master of Law in Corporate and Finance from Wayne State University.

She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Macomb County Bar Association.

She teaches Legal Research and Writing I and II, Legal Research on the Internet, Litigation, Contractual and Commercial Relations, Real Estate, and Computer Assisted Legal Research.

Dr. Carlino teaches courses both on campus and online and is a certified on-line instructor.

Prior to joining Madonna University, she was an Assistant Professor at Lansing Community College and prior to that she was the Associate Dean of Business at Baker College of Clinton Township.

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