Certificate, Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) Paralegal

The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as a person "who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." In this context, a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) Paralegal augments his or her substantive legal knowledge with specialized nursing education and experience. The LNC Paralegal Certificate is designed for registered nurses who hold an associate or baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited institution. The program provides students the same core legal education all paralegal students receive, along with specialized courses directed toward medical issues in the practice of law.  It prepares students to work with lawyers providing medical expertise to law firms, health care institutions, insurance companies, government agencies, and other organizations handling legal matters associated with health care, disabilities, physical or mental injury or death, as well as medical credentialing, licensing, or privileges, workers' compensation, or medical benefits. The program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Note: Students obtaining a certificate are not authorized to provide direct legal services to the public. The program offers training for paraprofessionals who are authorized to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The program does not train lawyers. Students completing the program may wish to sit for the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Certification Exam accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. The program is not accredited as a nursing specialty.

Students who complete this program will:

1. Produce superior university-level written documents and oral reports.
2. Identify and accurately apply the rules of professional ethics governing lawyers and non-lawyer staff, and the rules governing the unauthorized practice of law in Alaska.
3. Interpret and accurately apply legal terminology and foundational principles of substantive and procedural law in the analysis of legal issues.
4. Develop and execute legal and medical research plans using law and medical library resources and commonly used legal and medical research databases.
5. Synthesize primary and secondary legal authorities and draft memoranda of legal analysis.
6. Prepare legal investigation/discovery plans and draft legal pleadings that conform to the rules of civil procedure and incorporate standard techniques and resources for managing a case in litigation.
7. Integrate substantive principles of law and medical/clinical practice in the analysis of medical evidence.
8. Formulate theories of injury causation pursuant to accepted principles of forensic nursing.
9. Construct from the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) Code of Ethics and Conduct, the AALNC's Scope and Standards of Practice, and the Alaska Bar Association's Rules of Professional Responsibility coherent principles of ethical practice for the Legal Nurse Consultant Paralegal.

Program Information

Legal Nurse Consultant Advising Materials 2017-18

2017-18 Legal Nurse Consultant Catalog 2017-18

Transfer Credit Policy

Legal Studies Exit Exam

The Legal Studies Exit Exam is a graduation requirement for the Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) Paralegal Certificate program. Legal Studies majors or minors who apply for graduation are eligible to take the exit exam. For more information, please contact the Justice Center at 907-786-1810 or refer to the Exit Exam Instructions for information regarding eligibility, and registration details.

Financial Disclosures

The following is important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program.

University of Alaska Anchorage

Undergraduate certificate in Legal Nurse Consultant Paralegal
Program Length: 1 year

Students graduating on time

N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 1 year

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Program Costs*

$7,511 for in-state tuition and fees
$23,517 for out-of-state tuition and fees
$2,503 for books and supplies
$11,728 for off-campus room and board
$11,962 for on-campus room and board

Other Costs
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*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.

Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

N/A* of students who attend this program borrow money to pay for it

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate leaves with

N/A* in debt

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical monthly loan payment

N/A* per month in student loans with N/A* interest rate.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate earns

not provided per year after leaving this program

Graduates who got jobs

N/A* of program graduates got jobs

*We are not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Legal Support Workers, All Other

Licensure Requirement

*Program has no licensure requirements in any state.

Additional Information
Date Created: 6/16/2017

These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education

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