Program Overview

Accredited Online Nurse Paralegal Program

Have you been searching for a quality online Nurse Paralegal program? The Paralegal Institute’s Nurse Paralegal program includes the specialized areas of Legal Research, Legal Analysis and Writing, Nurse Paralegal Principles, Litigation and Trial Practice, Medical Law and Ethics, and Torts: Personal Injury Law. These courses will provide a foundation of Nurse Paralegal 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, a LPN license from the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), and one year of working experience under the supervision of a RN or MD.

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The Nurse Paralegal 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.

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.

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Nurse Paralegals 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 Paralegals 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 the Brighton College’s Nurse Paralegal Certificate program today. Our Nurse Paralegal program will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful part of this exciting field

Duration of the Nurse Paralegal Program

We offer open enrollment, thus you can register at any time for our two starts a month. The average time to complete the Nurse Paralegal 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 program today. With our great selection of Nurse Paralegal 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 program?

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

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
LGS 100 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.
LGS 108  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 the actual law, but also how to use the 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.
LGS 208 Legal Analysis and Writing 3 Credit Hours
 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.
LGS 110 Litigation and Trial Practice 3 Credit Hours
This course provides comprehensive coverage of the civil litigation practice for 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.
LNC 301 Torts: Personal Injury Litigation 3 Credit Hours
This course explores civil wrongs, and your 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.
MED 201 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 health care practitioner will face in the work environment.
LNC201 Legal Nurse Principles  4 Credit Hours
 

This core course includes in-depth coverage on topics on the legal nurse consultant’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 professionals in the areas of: ethics, professionalism, and standard practices.

Tuition and Fees

The total price for the Nurse Paralegal 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.

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 periodically released. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $323.16 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.

*Program Extensions

The Nurse Paralegal 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 paralegals generally work for law firms specializing in:

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

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

Insurance companies utilize nurse paralegals in malpractice and medical claims. Nurse paralegals 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 Paralegals 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.

Don’t delay, the market place in the Nurse Paralegal 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 thought out your educational career!