This exciting program prepares Registered Nurses (RNs) and Physician's Assistants (PAs) for a career in the legal field as legal nurse consultants. Building on the medical education and clinical experience of RNs and PAs, this course provides the RN and PA with fundamental skills necessary to advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses.
The course teaches legal concepts related to the health care industry, as well as the role a legal nurse consultant might play in such litigation areas as the following: medical malpractice, toxic torts, products liability, personal injury, emotional distress, wrongful death, mental capacity, criminal law, and workers' compensation. Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) is a discretionary test separate from this training course that experienced registered nurses graduating from this course may decide to sit for. LNCC test eligibility requirements are discussed during this training course; however, RNs and PAs graduating from this course need not take the LNCC in order to practice as legal nurse consultants.
The course content will also provide a systematic review for those preparing to take the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) examination, and course is designed to comply with the educational guidelines specified by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.
The Legal Nurse Consultant Training Course is offered in partnership by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Center for Legal Studies.
Who Should Attend?
- Individuals seeking legal nurse consultant training and skills necessary for a career in the legal field
- Registered nurses (RNs)or physicians assistants (PAs) interested in entering the legal field
- Individuals interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues, but students without an RN or PA background might not be able to take the LNCC exam after graduation
Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 4.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 42 hours of course work.
Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments is required. To receive your Certificate of Completion, you must have a score of 70% or better on assignments and on the final written examination.