This program is for experienced RNs interested in serving as consultants and liaisons to the legal and healthcare profession. It combines business and legal theory and analysis with practical field experience. It is available evenings and weekends only and can be completed in one calendar year. This program is financial aid-eligible. 

 

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course
CourseTitleCLLABCR
LGNC 101CLegal Nurse Consulting101
LGNC 102CRisk Management101
LGNC 103CAdministrative Law101
LGNC 104CHealthcare Law202
LGNC 105CLegal and Healthcare Ethics101
LGNC 106CInternship093
PLGL 101CFoundations of Paralegal Studies202
PLGL 103CCauses of Action in Contract and Tort202
PLGL 104CLegal Research1303
PLGL 110CLitigation and Trial Preparation303
Total Credits19

1A $125 fee will be assessed for all students taking PLGL 104C. This fee will cover costs associated with ABA dues, Lexis/Nexis, and UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Library.

  • 45 college credits in general education courses from an accredited institution; 18 of these credits must meet distribution and content requirements designated by the ABA in at least three disciplines such as English, languages, humanities, mathematics and natural science.
  • Proof of active RN license
  • Work verification form demonstrating 6,000 hours of practice
  • Two confidential letters of reference or completed Reference form
  • Two hundred-word essay regarding reasons for choosing the NHTI LNC program
  • Official high school and college transcripts

Students will be exposed to the legal system and the role of the LNC/paralegal within the profession; the ethical rules governing lawyers, paralegals, nurses, and doctors; and the operation of a law office and a health care facility. Through the course sequence in the certificate program, NHTI LNC graduates will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal system and master the litigation process.
  • Use legal research skills to analyze issues related to damages, causation, liability within the legal process, and guidelines and regulatory issues related to the health care industry.
  • Examine the insurance and health care industries as they relate to medical-legal issues.
  • Review, summarize, and analyze medical records and other pertinent health care and legal documents for use in litigation or other medical-legal matters.
  • Draft legal documents under supervision of an attorney and prepare opinions.
  • Identify the role of the LNC and the ethical responsibilities associated with performing legal services.

LNCs serve in healthcare facilities, insurance companies, law firms, and medical malpractice and workers’ compensation organizations. Legal work performed by an LNC must be done under the supervision and direction of an attorney. An LNC cannot give legal advice, represent a client, or engage in the unauthorized practice of law.

The LNC 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.

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