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Potential StudentsQ. I would like to become a legal nurse consultant (LNC). Will completion of this course allow me to work as an LNC?
A. The practice of legal nurse consulting predates any training program or certification. There is no educational or certification requirement to begin practicing as a legal nurse consultant. However, AALNC does support the following ideals for entry into the specialty:
- Active Registered Nurse Licensure. It is the position of AALNC that legal nurse consulting is a specialty practice of nursing and that legal nurse consultants must therefore maintain an active registered nurse license as an integral requirement of the practice discipline. Click here to view the The Specialty Practice of Legal Nurse Consulting position statement and other AALNC position statements.
- Five Years of Experience Practicing as a Registered Nurse. AALNC recommends that legal nurse consultants acquire a minimum of five years of experience actively practicing as a registered nurse before entering into this specialty. Legal nurse consulting as a profession is based on the assumption that a nurse providing expert consultation to the legal community should have a thorough understanding of and extensive experience with clinical practices, medical procedures and the nursing standards of care.
The AALNC online course is designed to provide you with the information necessary to begin a career as a legal nurse consultant assuming that you meet the above criteria.
Q. Do I need to purchase the textbook Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles & Practice 3nd Edition to begin the AALNC online course?
A. A copy of Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles & Practice 3nd Edition is included with the purchase of the complete online course. Modules purchased individually do not include a copy of the publication.
Q. How long does it take to complete a module?
A. For every fifty minutes of course content and related activities, one continuing education credit is assigned. Each module is estimated to contain between seven and ten applicable hours of CE credit; therefore you can assume that each module will take between six and ten hours to complete. We estimate that once all eight modules are combined, completion of theAALNC Legal Nurse Consulting Online Course should take the average person approximately seventy hours to complete.
If purchasing modules individually, you will have a maximum of sixty days to complete each module from the date of purchase. After sixty days, you will no longer be granted access to the particular module. If purchasing an eight module package, you will have one year (365 days) to complete all eight modules. If purchasing a two module package, you will have 120 days to complete the two modules.
Q. How often can I access the module online?
A. Each module is accessible online 24 hours per day.
Q. What is the process for beginning the AALNC online course?
A. You may purchase course modules with a credit card in the AALNC Online Bookstore at any time. Once the transaction is complete you will receive an email confirmation with the link to the course webpages. Initially, you must activate your login through the email confirmation. Once activated, you may access the course through this email OR through the Members Onlysection of the AALNC website. You will need your login and password to enter the course each time.
Q. What is the format of the course and what kinds of activities will be involved?
A. Each module will cover specific chapters of the textbook, Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles & Practice 3rd Edition. The material will be presented as PowerPoint Slides with text and audio presentation. Click here to view the layout of the course webpage.Once you reach the end of each module, you will be asked to complete a test covering the material learned in that specific module. In order to pass this test, you will need to answer a minimum of 70% of the questions correctly. After passing the test, you will be asked to submit a course evaluation and then you will be able to print your certificate of completion!
Certificate of Completion
Q. Is there a difference between a certificate of completion and a certification?
A. Absolutely. To view a detailed comparison, click here
Q. Once I complete AALNC's Legal Nurse Consulting Online Course will I be eligible to sit for the LNCC certification exam?
A. Not necessarily. Individuals interested in LNCC certification should understand that eligibility for the LNCC exam is NOT tied to the completion of any educational course. In order to be eligible to sit for the LNCC exam, individuals must meet the following requirements:
- Current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States or its territories, with a full and unrestricted license.
- A minimum of five years of experience practicing as a registered nurse.
- Evidence of 2,000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience within the past three years.
For more information about LNCC Certification and the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB), click here