Program Overview

Accredited Online Nurse Paralegal/LNC Program

Have you been searching for a quality online Nurse Paralegal/LNC program? The Paralegal Institute’s Nurse Paralegal/LNC program includes the specialized areas of Legal Research, Legal Analysis and Writing, Nurse Paralegal/LNC Principles, Litigation and Trial Practice, Medical Law and Ethics, and Torts: Personal Injury Law. These courses will provide a foundation of Nurse Paralegal/LNC knowledge to students who possess an L.P.N, R.N., B.S.N., or M.D. credential, or a two-year Associate Degree in Nursing.

In addition, LPN prospective students must submit transcripts from an LPN state-approved program, an LPN license from the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), and one year of working experience under the supervision of an RN or MD.

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The Nurse Paralegal/LNC now offers complimentary memberships and subscriptions worth over $500! Click on the “Complementary Memberships” tab above!

Request information about our Nurse Paralegal/LNC program, or contact an Admissions Representative now at 1-800-354-1254.

The Nurse Paralegal/LNC program builds on your medical education and experience. It empowers you with the legal theory, terminology, and procedural insight needed to enhance your qualifications and become a successful Nurse Paralegal/LNC.

The Paralegal Institute’s career development programs are designed to meet the needs of the legal assistant. Students taking these programs receive the training that allows them to use these skills in all 50 states.

Request information or enroll for the Nurse Paralegal/LNC program today!

Nurse Paralegal/LNCs are individuals who have not only received an L.P.N, R.N., B.S.N., or M.D. credential, but have broadened their knowledge and received specialized training in the field of law-related matters.

The role of Nurse Paralegal/LNCs is continuously growing as the medical legal field expands, and the need for this group of skilled and versatile legal staff is on the rise. If you’d like to become part of this talented group of professionals, request information or enroll in Brighton College’s Nurse Paralegal/LNC Certificate program today. Our Nurse Paralegal/LNC program will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful part of this exciting field

Duration of the Nurse Paralegal/LNC Program

We accept enrollment applications year round, thus you can register at any time for our 2 starts a month. The average time to complete the Nurse Paralegal/LNC program is 11 months with a maximum time for completion of 14 months. Although completion depends largely on the study schedule you set for yourself, we recommend that you maintain a consistent submission of  3 lessons per week.

Become part of The Paralegal Institute’s Nurse Paralegal/LNC program today. With our great selection of Nurse Paralegal/LNC classes, our flexible Private Student Loans, and the freedom you get from being able to complete the program on your own time, the choice is simple.

Course Outline

What courses are in the Nurse Paralegal/LNC program?

The following courses are included in the Nurse Paralegal/LNC program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning. The Nurse Paralegal/LNC program has a total of 22 credit hours. Each course must be completed in 8 weeks.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
LGS100 Paralegal Today 3 Credit Hours
This course is the core of the paralegal program. Students will learn the past, present, and future of the paralegal profession, including the paralegal defined, educational options, techniques for marketing skills and career opportunities. Instruction on ethics and professional responsibility, the organizational structure of the legal workplace and office culture and politics will prepare students for the challenges of today’s paralegal. Students receive a formal introduction to law by examining sources of American law, the court system and alternative dispute resolution, substantive law in its various forms, as well as administrative law and government regulation. Legal procedures and advanced skills involving civil litigation and trial procedures, criminal law, conducting interviews and investigations, using primary and secondary sources to legal research, the emerging technology of computer-assisted legal research, in addition to legal analysis and writing, provide valuable insight and a solid foundation for the future legal assistant.
LGS108  Legal Research 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of legal research. The student will learn research tools and techniques necessary to find an actual law, as well as how to use  various secondary materials, which assist in the research process. Some of the topics covered are case reporters, digests, codes, annotated codes, annotated reporters, citators, loose-leaf services, legal encyclopedias, treatises and computerized research services. As part of the course, students enrolled in Legal Research receive a subscription to Westlaw online legal library. Students have the opportunity to take a series of tutorials to learn effective online research skills. Upon successful completion, students receive a Paralegal Training Certificate from Thomson-West.
LGS208 Legal Analysis and Writing 3 Credit Hours
 This course is a requisite for the capable legal assistant and the ability to prepare professional legal documents. This comprehensive course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of legal analysis and writing. Students will first examine an overview of the legal system, including analytic principles and the legal process. They will learn the specifics of legal analysis, including statutory analysis, case law and briefing, identifying and stating the issue, case application and counter analysis. Emphasis on application of these key principles in legal writing will allow students to prepare interoffice memorandums, court briefs and general legal correspondence. Students enrolled in Legal Analysis and Writing receive a subscription to Westlaw online legal library. Students have the opportunity to take a series of tutorials to learn effective online research skills. Upon successful completion, students receive a Paralegal Training Certificate from Thomson-West.
LGS110 Litigation and Trial Practice 3 Credit Hours
This course provides comprehensive coverage of the civil litigation practice for legal experts and paralegals. It provides detailed information on the litigation process from the pre-suit investigation to the appeal. Special emphasis is made on the role of the lawyer and those responsibilities that may be delegated to the legal assistant. Attention is given to litigation principles, lawyer and client relationship and ethics, gathering evidence, deposition, preparation for a civil trial, structure of a civil trial, judgments, and appeals.
LGS301 Torts: Personal Injury Litigation 3 Credit Hours
This course explores civil wrongs, and studies will illustrate and explain the different types of tort recoveries that are allowed by law. Students learn the elements required to prove each tort, and defenses that may be posed, and a step-by-step strategy for the preparation and settlement for each type of action. Topics include tort theory based upon negligence, products liability, libel, slander, and malpractice.
MED201 Medical Law and Ethics  3 Credit Hours
This course provides an overview of the laws and ethics needed to give competent, compassionate care to patients that is within acceptable legal and ethical boundaries. This course can serve as a guide to help resolve the many legal and ethical questions a healthcare practitioner will face in the work environment.
LNC201  Nurse Paralegal Principles  4 Credit Hours
This core course includes in-depth coverage on topics on the legal nurse paralegal’s role. Topics include professional negligence, product liability, toxic tort, criminal litigation, life care planning and damage assessment, the nurse as expert witness, working with experts, preparation for and evaluation of deposition and trial testimony, medical records and case analysis, medical literature research, client interviews and communication, independent medical examinations, discovery/disclosure, alternative dispute resolution and mediation, trial preparation and trial practice, and the legal nurse consultant’s role in the insurance industry and in risk management. The course includes guidance on business principles for the legal nurse consultant: ethics, professionalism, and standard practices.

Tuition and Fees

The total price for the Nurse Paralegal/LNC program is $4,840.00.

   
Total Tuition $4,290
Enrollment Fee $100
Resource Fee $450
Total Sales Price $4,840

Payment Plans

  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full and pay a total program price of $4,540.00. Save $300!
  • Private Student Loan: Finance your education with low down payments and customized terms!

All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma. For full admission requirements visit Admission Procedures.

Financial Assistance

The programs at The Paralegal Institute@Brighton College are approved for Veterans benefits. The Paralegal Institute@Brighton College also works with many employers’ Tuition Reimbursement programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1.800.354.1254 for more information.

Fees

   
Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check / Declined Credit Card $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200

Textbooks

Unless a third-party funding source is covering your material costs, you are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and/or materials. You can purchase from any vendor of your choosing and Brighton College will supply you with a list of preferred vendors that offer competitive pricing. We recommend purchasing textbooks one course at a time since updated versions are released periodically. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $362 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.

*Program Extensions

The Nurse Paralegal/LNC program offered at The Paralegal Institute is designed to be completed in a maximum time of 14 months. Extensions beyond the required time to complete a program will only be approved for students who have maintained satisfactory academic progress, have paid in full, or are current with their payment plan during the time period of the program. Students must have completed 50% of the course in order to be considered for an extension.

There is no fee for the first program extension of up to 6 months. If a student exhausts the time period of the first program extension, he or she may request a second program extension of up to 6 months for a fee of $500. For complete details on academic extensions, refer to the School Catalog.

Career Outlook

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants. In these cases, paralegals and legal assistants can take on a “hybrid” role within the firm, performing not only traditional paralegal duties but also some of the tasks previously assigned to legal secretaries or other legal support workers.

Law firms also are attempting to reduce billing costs as clients push for less expensive legal services. Due to their lower billing rates to clients, paralegals can be a less costly alternative to lawyers, performing a wide variety of tasks once done by entry-level lawyers. This should cause an increase in demand for paralegals and legal assistants. (BLS)

Career Opportunities

Nurse Paralegal/LNCs generally work for law firms specializing in:

  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wrongful death
  • Social security

But the value of Nurse Paralegal/LNCs extends beyond the legal setting. Many times, these legal pros lend their knowledge and skills to insurance companies, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For example, medical institutions have Nurse Paralegal/LNCs on staff who ensure the facility is operating within the bounds of the law.

Insurance companies utilize Nurse Paralegal/LNCs in malpractice and medical claims. Nurse Paralegal/LNCs in these settings may be employed by the insurance carrier or work for independent agents (hospital risk management groups) who oversee malpractice for doctors and hospitals (https://www.becomeaparalegal.org/nurse-paralegal/, 2017).

Earnings*

Nurse Paralegal/LNCs have an income potential of $68,000 to $83,000 (www.payscale.com, 2017), depending on what part of the country you live in, how many years you have been working in the field, and how many hours you can work.

Two Complimentary Memberships*

*One-year paid membership to J.E.R.K. LNC (Juris Educational Resource Knowledge) https://www.thejerklnc.com/

The membership includes: 

Reason-1

  • A free personal mentor to help you in your Legal Nurse Consulting business and program. Our mentors have walked the path you are on and can provide you with incredible knowledge and wisdom based on their own journey.

Reason-2

  • Our community forums that host a treasure trove of priceless information that has been collected and organized for you to access.

Reason-3

  • Access to our List-Serve group that will allow you to ask questions, get answers, information, recommendations, and advice in real time.

Reason-4

  • Live webinars that allow you access to great speakers and excellent information all at your own computer. No travel or admission fees, just grab your favorite beverage, login, and enjoy the show. If you can’t make the webinar live, no problem, we keep all of our past webinars in our resources section.

Reason-5

  • Documents, templates, reports and assorted tools all are available for J.E.R.K. members. No sense in reinventing the wheel—someone in the community has already created just what you need. If you can’t find it, just ask. Someone can often provide you with just the thing you need.

Reason-6

  • Our members are great and have a true sense of community and fellowship. Not only will you be joining something bigger, but you will also find yourself having fun. Not everything in the J.E.R.K. is serious. We take pride in the fact that this is a confidential place to share your journey: the good, the bad, the sad, and the funny.

Reason-7

  • Our community is a closed community. What is discussed within the walls of the community, stays within the community. We know a lot of what is shared needs to remain in the group, so we have strict rules that each member must adhere to. Confidentiality is critical and we take it very seriously.

Reason-8

  • Membership in the J.E.R.K. gives you discounts on a lot of products and services you need in your business. Everything from computer backup from Mozy, Word Rake, Lexis Nexis, to education from the University of Florida and a variety of other vendors. We are always adding new discounts. Using one of these discounts each year will more than pay for your membership.

Reason-9

  • Consider this: A good business coach can cost $1,000 (or more) per month in monthly fees. The J.E.R.K. community will add much more value to your business than the average business coach.

Additional benefits:

  • Members have the option of a “mentor buddy”
  • Several member LNCs have large businesses that hire subs
  • An archive platform in which you will find reports, affidavits, case examples, etc. A true “how to approach to the LNC” career
  • Annual Conference with 16 CEUs provided

If this was not enough, Brighton College realizes that every new student has questions about how to stay current in their profession and what is new in nursing law, and about unique cases. Brighton College saw the need to add this amazing tool to your already valuable enrollment tools, and we’ve added this additional tool to get you on your way!

*One year subscription to “Legal Eagle Eye Newsletter” for The Nursing Profession.  http://www.nursinglaw.com/january2018/january2018.pdf  from www.nursinglaw.com

No one truly knows his/her true potential, but Brighton College does, therefore we’ve added these invaluable professional tools, which will make your future even brighter!!!

We can’t wait to have you enjoy all that our students in the program are currently benefiting from and using in their Nurse Paralegal/LNC career!

 

Don’t delay! The market place in the Nurse Paralegal/LNC field continues to grow. The only piece missing is you and your valuable skills! We want to be with you every step of the way thoughout your educational career!