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Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate

The Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) is part of an emerging field of experts contracted or employed by health care organizations, including hospitals, insurance companies, and law firms. LNCs assist with various areas including: medical records, case preparation and research, case settlement, hospitals’ risk management, and new medical products and life care planning.

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LNC is a professional addendum to a career in nursing for those who want to advance their careers or move into a new area beyond clinical practice by coupling broad clinical experience with training in the law and legal procedures.

Admission requirements: Registered Nurse (RN) with 60 college credits, minimum 2000 hours clinical experience or by approval of the director, US license to practice. To apply, you must submit an application, resume, and one letter of recommendation. Download application.

Registration and Tuition:This program consists of 3 core paralegal courses plus 5 healthcare law courses. Students must register for the complete certificate - Tuition:  $3700

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 Semester
Torts Thursday 6:00-9:00pm 3/27-4/24
Healthcare Law Courses

Alternative Dispute Resolution Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm 5/31
Administrative Law Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm 5/3
Summer 2014 Semester Day Time Dates
Litigation Wednesday 6-9:45pm 6/11-7/2
Torts Thursday 6-9pm 7/17-8/14
Healthcare Law Courses
Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting Seminar: Past and Present Saturday 9am-4pm 6/14
Medical Malpractice Law: Legal & Ethical Issues Saturday 9am-4pm 6/28
Risk Management: Principles and Practice Saturday 9am-4pm 7/26

Legal Courses

This course focuses on causes of action, statutes of limitation, pleadings, provisional remedies, discovery, EBTs, motions to dismiss, summary judgment, settlement conferences, evidence, judicial discretion, judgments, enforcement, and appeals. (15 hours)

Legal Research & Writing
Students will learn the fundamentals of legal research, kinds of law books, casebooks and treatises, official vs. unofficial reporters, hands-on computer and library research, how to shepardize cases, and basics of writing a legal memo. (15 hours)

Torts are civil wrongs. The class will discuss the various kinds of torts (assault, defamation, negligence, medical malpractice, products liability, infliction of emotional distress, etc.) and the elements which need to be proved, various features of the CPLR which is the basic guidebook of civil actions in New York, tort doctrines such as comparative negligence, res ipsa loquitor, and assumption of the risk. (15 hours)

Health Care Law Courses

Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting Seminar: Past and Present
The role of LNCs from inception to present day practice is reviewed. The seminar includes an overview of the judicial system as it relates to the health care system as well as the anatomy of a medical malpractice lawsuit. The Nurse Practice Act and Code of Professional Responsibility will be reviewed and negotiation skills and business planning will also be included. This course is a prerequisite for the remaining Health Care Law courses and seminars. (6 hours)

Medical Malpractice Law: Legal & Ethical Issues
Legal theory will be examined as well as the study of the burden of proof in a negligence or malpractice claim. Legal and ethical issues will be analyzed and discussed using case studies and the elements of a claim and common causes of action will be studied. We will also address pleadings and affirmative defenses to a claim and the use of expert witnesses.
(6 classroom hours & 12 self-study).

Risk Management: Principles and Practice
Health care risk management will be studied, exploring the components of a risk management plan, and including loss control and loss prevention techniques. In addition, the role of the LNC in the identification and management of risks will be discussed. (6 classroom hours & 12 self-study).

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
This course will include an introduction to the ADR mechanisms with a focus on mediation and arbitration. The negotiation process and problem solving methods will be explored. Recent trends in the field, including the recent increases in ADR use in health care situations will be discussed. Interactive role playing will be utilized. (6 classroom hours & 12 self-study).

Administrative Law
Learn about administrative law and its effects on health care decision-making and practice by health care professionals. This course covers the following areas: social security disability, reporting duties, scope of practice, laws such as HIPAA, the Nurse Practice Act, and professional licensure. (6 classroom hours & 9 self- study).


Course Status
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.

Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas.  To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.  For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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