Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) Paralegal Certificate
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; 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.
Legal Studies Exit Exam
The Legal Studies Exit Exam is a graduation requirement for the Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) Paralegal Certificate program. Students must complete the required exit exam in the same semester that they plan to graduate. Students who fail to complete the exit exam for their degree and/or certificate will not receive a diploma until this requirement has been met; it is not optional. Students will be allowed at least 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the required exam. All exams will be timed and graded. There is no minimum score required for graduation.