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Legal Nurse Consulting
Certificate Program

Enhance your nursing career and expand your marketability by combining your healthcare experience with specialized legal knowledge.
Legal nurse consultants are typically employed by hospitals, healthcare providers, insurance companies, government agencies, and law firms.

$2,895

Cost per course: $740.00

The Berkeley College Legal Nurse Consulting program provides registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students with a credential that not only will complement their nursing careers, but can also introduce an alternative career path to working in law firm or similar legal environment.

The Berkeley College Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate program combines the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to work as a legal nurse consultant or nurse paralegal.

During your studies, you will be introduced to the structure of the American legal system, master legal research strategies used by legal professionals, and become familiar with the inner workings of the litigation process, including drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery documents.

The Berkeley College Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate program’s curriculum focuses on providing the student the skills necessary to critically analyze the relationship between clinical matters and legal issues. The program’s comprehensive course of study also introduces the student to the various ethical considerations of working in a legal environment, including the supervisory role of the attorney plays in the working with non-attorneys.

The 12-credit program may be completed in two semesters and is offered Online and consists of four seven-week courses.

Credits may be applied toward an A.A.S. or B.S. in Legal Studies.

Adults with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll for this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

Semester 1

  • LAW2105 Principles of Legal Nurse Consulting (7-week | 3 Credits)
  • LAW1100 Introduction to Law (7-week | 3 Credits)

Semester 2

  • LAW2230 Civil Litigation (7-week | 3 Credits)
  • LAW2210 Legal Research & Writing (7-week | 3 Credits)

Course Descriptions

Introduces the United States legal system. This course examines the structure and administration of the state and federal courts; the function of the trial and appellate courts; the sources of law; the differentiation between procedural and substantive law; and the legal principles of torts, contracts, criminal, civil and property law.

Examines legal research and writing. Students locate and identify primary and secondary sources of law using traditional and computer-assisted research techniques, including Lexis, Westlaw, and the Internet. Students use databases to formulate searches, retrieve and display documents, and validate findings.

Introduces the rules governing the civil litigation process in both the state and federal civil courts. Topics will include all aspects of civil litigation including preparation of pleadings, discovery methods, motion practice, trial documents, and the appellate process.

Provides the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for registered nurses to use their experience to assist in resolving medical-legal issues and claims. In addition to examining ethical considerations, the course will survey standards of care, role of expert witnesses, liability issues, case screening of medical malpractice claims, billing fraud, life care planning, trial preparation, access and analysis of medical records, and issues in medical malpractice.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education Certificate programs are not eligible for Berkeley College grants and scholarships or free career assistance upon completion of the courses.