Acceptable Contact Hours
You may earn contact hours for continuing education, academic coursework, presentations, or publications. You may use any combination of contact hours, provided the criteria are met for each method and you have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours.
Continuing Education Information
Continuing education is defined as learning activities intended to build upon the educational and experiential bases of the professional nurse for the enhancement of practice as a legal nurse consultant. The learning activities must have significant intellectual or practical content with the primary purpose of increasing the participant's professional competence as a legal nurse consultant. Presentations intended for multiple participants, including but not limited to live programs, on-line programs, satellite broadcasts, or independent study (audio, video, printed, or electronic) are acceptable activities.
Contact hours for continuing education related to legal nurse consulting will be accepted. To be considered related to legal nurse consulting, a program must address a topic in either the scope or content areas of the LNCC® examination. Continuing education contact hours may come from any provider, as long as a minimum of 20% of the hours submitted are approved or provided by a body that is accredited as an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by 1) the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, 2) a state board of nursing, or 3) a state nursing association.
Academic Education Information
Successful completion of college or university courses at the baccalaureate level or higher is acceptable. (For a one-semester course, one credit hour is equal to 15 contact hours.) Please reference the handbook for specific subjects in which coursework will be accepted.
Presenting educational programs on topics related to legal nurse consulting is acceptable. Presentations must be delivered within a structured framework for teaching and learning and may be delivered to nurses, legal team members, and/or other healthcare professionals. Presentations must be at least 60 minutes in length and may be submitted only once. Sixty minutes of presentation is equal to one contact hour and a maximum of 20 contact hours may be used in this category.
Publishing an original manuscript in a peer-reviewed professional journal or as a chapter in a text on topics related to legal nurse consulting is acceptable. Refer to the scope and content areas on page 6 for acceptable topics and topic codes. Your name must be identified as author or co-author in the publication to receive credit. Fifteen contact hours will be awarded for each journal article or chapter written. Editing a textbook or chapter on topics related to legal nurse consulting will be awarded 12 contact hours. Your name must be identified in the publication as editor to receive credit.
For more specific information on acceptable contact hours, as well as topics related to legal nurse consulting, please view the LNCC® Recertification Application.