|Course Number||Course Title||CL||LAB||CR|
|PL 101||Foundations of Paralegal Studies||2||0||2|
|PL 103||Causes of Action in Contract and Tort||2||0||2|
|PL 104||Legal Research+||3||0||3|
|PL 110||Litigation and Trial Preparation||3||0||3|
|LNC 101||Legal Nurse Consulting||1||0||1|
|LNC 102||Risk Management||1||0||1|
|LNC 103||Administrative Law||1||0||1|
|LNC 104||Healthcare Law||2||0||2|
|LNC 105||Legal and Healthcare Ethics||1||0||1|
|+ A $100 fee will be assessed for all students taking PL 104. This fee will cover costs associated with ABA dues, Lexus/Nexus, Franklin Pierce Law Center Library, Supreme Court Library and PLS Associate Membership.|
CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15.
The Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is designed to prepare students to perform effectively in today’s legal and healthcare communities. Designed for experienced Registered Nurses who are interested in combining their clinical expertise with specialized legal knowledge enabling them to serve as consultants and liaisons to the legal and healthcare profession. The program will provide the legal knowledge required to evaluate, analyze and offer informed opinions on the delivery of healthcare and resulting outcomes. The program of study combines business and legal theory and analysis with practical field experience.
LNCs are professional nurses with clinical expertise and training in the law. They provide an invaluable service to both the medical and legal professions. LNCs serve in a variety of settings including hospitals and other health care facilities, insurance companies, law firms, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation organizations, and private LNC practices. Even though the legal nurse consultant can perform many tasks performed by an attorney, legal work performed by a LNC must be under the supervision and direction of an attorney. The Legal Nurse Consultant may not give legal advice, represent a client in court or engage in the unauthorized practice of law.
Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate Program graduates will be exposed during their course of studies to the legal system and the role of the legal nurse consultant/paralegal within the profession, the ethical rules governing lawyers, paralegals, nurses and doctors and the operation of a law office and a healthcare facility. Through the course sequence in the certificate program, NHTI’s graduates will:
This program is available evenings and weekends only and may be completed in one calendar year. This program is “financial aid eligible.” To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.
Specific Admission Requirements
Internships allow the students to apply academic theory in the professional world by combining learning and work experience. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience, build a professional network and test-drive an employer and a career. Students are expected to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance and respect client confidentiality.
NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers and/or patients/clients/children and their families.