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Course Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the following quick links for FAQ's regarding specific topics:

Potential Students
Course Format & Time Frame
Certificate of Completion
Technical Requirements and Troubleshooting

Potential Students

Q. I would like to become a legal nurse consultant (LNC). Will completion of this course allow me to work as an LNC?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 specialty practice 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 to begin the AALNC online course?

A. A copy of Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles & Practice is included in one of the course packages offered. Modules purchased individually, and some of the course packages, do not include a copy of the publication.

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Course Format & Time Frame

Q. How long does it take to complete a module?

For every sixty minutes of course content and related activities, one continuing education credit is assigned. Each module is estimated to contain between two and seven applicable hours of CE credit; therefore you can assume that each module will take between two and seven hours to complete. We estimate that once all 17 modules are combined, completion of the AALNC Legal Nurse Consulting Online Course should take the average person approximately sixty hours to complete. If purchasing modules individually, you will have a maximum of six months (6) from the day of purchase to complete each module. After six months (6), you will no longer be granted access to the particular module. If purchasing a course package, you will have one year (365 days) to complete all 17 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 Store at any time. Once the transaction is complete you will receive an email confirmation with the link to the course webpages. You may access the course through this email or through the My Education section of the AALNC website. You will need your username 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. The material will be presented as PowerPoint Slides with text and audio presentation. 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 80% 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:

  1. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States or its territories, with a full and unrestricted license.
  2. A minimum of five years of experience practicing as a registered nurse.
  3. Evidence of 2,000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience within the past five years.

For more information about LNCC Certification and the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB), click here.

Course Access & Troubleshooting Tips

Click on the following quick links for FAQ's regarding specific topics:

System Requirements
Technical Questions

System Requirements

Q. What are the minimum system requirements for viewing the online course?

A. The minimum software requirements for viewing published presentations include the following. Please note that the online course software does not work well with Internet Explorer 7, most commonly found on Windows Vista computers. If you have a computer with Windows Vista, we recommend downloading a different web browser, Google Chrome, to run the course on your computer.

    • Internet Explorer: supported on IE 7 and up (although, please note that Microsoft has itself warned against versions older than IE 8.0)
    • Mozilla Firefox: most recent 2 public versions
    • Google Chrome and Safari: most recent 2 public versions
  • Operating Systems and Devices that support The Professional Development Center:
    • Windows versions XP and above
    • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and above
    • Active support for the 2 most recent public versions of Android and iOS device platforms
  • Connection Speed

Connection speeds from standard broadband access will improve the learning experience within courseware itself.

  • Plug-Ins, Add-on Components, and Multimedia Support

There are no required downloads for The Professional Development Center; however, courseware and learning material requirements vary and will depend on the content itself and its publisher's requirements. It is our experience that most e-learning courseware typically requires specific plug-ins such as Adobe Flash to view multimedia.

Technical Questions

Q. I am able to successfully login to the Online Course however when I click on the module nothing happens. What should I do?

A. Disable your pop-up blocker or edit your pop-up blocker settings to allow pop-ups from the web page. To edit your pop-up blocker settings:

Internet Explorer
  1. Click Tools or the gear icon.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Privacy tab.
  4. Uncheck Turn on Pop-up Blocker.
  5. Click OK.


  1. Click the Chrome menu button.
    Note: The button is on the upper-right of the browser and is indicated by three dots.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Advanced.
    Note: If Advanced is already selected, additional options will be available below it.
  4. Under Privacy and security, click Content settings.
  5. Click Popups.
  6. Click Blocked (recommended).
    Note: After the popup blocker is disabled, the option will show as enabled and display Allowed.


  1. Click the Open menu button (three bars) in the upper-right corner.
  2. Click Options or Preferences.
  3. Select Privacy & Security on the left.
  4. Uncheck Block pop-up windows to disable the pop-up blocker.
  5. Close and relaunch Firefox.
Note: Mac users open Firefox and go to Firefox | Preferences | Web Features.
  1. Check Block Popup Windows if you would like to all popups.
  2. Click on Allowed Sites to allow popups from specified websites.
    1. Enter the URL of the site you want to allow popups from and click Allow.
    2. If you wish to remove a site from your allowed list, highlight it and click Remove Site. Clicking Remove All Sites will clear your allowed sites list.


  1. Click the Safari menu.
  2. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on Security.
  4. Uncheck Block pop-up windows.

Q. I disabled my pop-up blocker/added the course weblink to my allowed pop-ups however I am still having problems. What should I do?

A. You may have a third party pop-up blocker software installed. Third party popup blockers can be difficult to detect. Google and Yahoo toolbars will appear in your web browser's menu under View | Toolbars. Other software may appear in your Taskbar, and some may not be detectable at all. Check your Add/Remove Programs menu and run a scan for spyware to try to eliminate any unwanted popup blockers.You may also want to contact your IT department for additional assistance.

Q. When attempting to login to the Online Course, I am directed to what appears to be an old web page. What steps to do I take to clear my cache?

A. Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (stores) it. In this way, the files (including any images on the page) do not have to be retrieved anew from the remote web site each time you click the Back or Forward buttons. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently.

Q. I am having a problem opening the attachments. Is there certain software I should use?

A. Attachments in PDF format require Adobe Reader to view.

Q. What if I need more time to completed the Online Course?

A. Contact AALNC Headquarters.