Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

legal nurse consultant certificate

Six week online course (45 hours)

This program prepares medical professionals for a career in the legal field as legal nurse consultants.  Building on your medical education and possible clinical experience, this course provides you with the fundamental skills necessary to advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medical issues, and provide testimony in court as an expert witness. 

The course teaches legal concepts related to the health care industry, as well as the role a legal nurse consultant might play in litigation areas such as medical malpractice, toxic torts, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, criminal law, and workers' compensation. 

A registered nurse can work as a legal nurse consultant in a variety of different capacities:

  • Full or part-time as an employee of a law firm;
  • Full or part-time as an independent contractor to a law firm;
  • Full or part-time in the clinical setting and consulting with a law firm, and/or testifying as an expert witness on a part time basis; and
  • Full or part-time as an employee with an insurance company or hospital in risk management.

Any medical professional interested in entering the legal field can benefit from the education provided by this course.  The course is also open to anyone interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues, but participants without a Registered Nurse background might not be able to take the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) exam after graduation.  LNCC is a discretionary test separate from this training course that experienced registered nurses graduating from this class may decide to sit for.  LNCC test eligibility requirements are discussed during this training course; however; RNs graduating from this course need not take the LNCC in order to practice as legal nurse consultants.

The curriculum of this course is designed to comply with the educational guidelines specified by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC).  Students will receive 42 hours of instruction and will be required to prepare assignments and pass weekly quizzes.  Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Complete from St. Cloud State University, and a certificate of course hours completed from The Center for Legal Studies.  This course is completed in one 7-week session.

Topics of Study:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Law and LNC
  • Lesson 2: Ethics, Standards of Care and the Profession of Legal Nurse Consulting
  • Lesson 3: Medical Malpractice, Licensure, Case Analysis & Legal Practice Areas
  • Lesson 4: Criminal Law, Complex Litigation, Medical Records and Informed Consent
  • Lesson 5: The Role of the LNC in the Litigation Process
  • Lesson 6: Other Roles and Work Environments for the LNC

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Schedule of Online sessions:

March 9 - April 24, 2015

May 4 - June 19, 2015

June 29 - August 14, 2015

August 24 - October 9, 2015

October 19 - December 4, 2015

Online Registration - click on link under Online below:

Course Online
Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate (TM) $895

Books may be ordered through our partner, Center for Legal Studies.   More information at the registration site.  Click on prices above.


Required Books: $175


Register online (click on the price above), by phone at 1-800-522-7737 or by calling SCSU at 320-308-4723 or 320-308-6100.

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