|1. Will I be certified when I complete the USA LNC certificate?
No, however you will receive a certificate of completion from the University of South Alabama’s Center for Continuing Education stating you have completed the requirements of our program along with the amount of CEUs you have earned. National certification as an LNC can only be achieved by meeting the eligibility requirements of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and successfully sitting for their certification exam.
2. What agency or association issues national certification for LNCs?
The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants is the only entity who can award the nationally recognized designation of Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC). For more information on obtaining the national certification contact AALNC at:
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
3. Am I required to be certified to work as a LNC?
The nationally recognized certification is not required to work as a LNC; however, many clients contracting LNCs often require it. It is also an excellent way for LNCs to demonstrate their extensive experience and knowledge in this field.
4. Can AD or Diploma nurses become certified as a LNC?
Yes, AD or Diploma nurses who possess a valid Registered Nurse license can achieve the LNCC credential. The AALNC and ANCC require candidates to meet the following eligibility requirements in order to sit for the certification exam:
- Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its territories, with a full and unrestricted license
- A minimum of 5 years clinical experience as a Registered Nurse
- Documented evidence of a minimum of 2,000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience within the last three years
5. How long is each day of the course?
Each session of the course includes 6 hours of classroom instruction; sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Students will receive a total of 36 Nursing CEUs for completing all five sessions.
6. If I have to miss any sessions can I still complete the course?
With only 5 class sessions, it is critical that all class sessions be attended since no content missed can be made up. Should you have to miss a session, please contact the LNC Program Director prior to the course beginning to discuss options available for make-up sessions.
7. How often do the LNC classes meet?
Classes meet about once a month; with adjustments made for holidays and other local observances. Outside reading and self-study activities are assigned for completion between classes and assist in preparing for the next session. These materials will be made available to students in an online format accessible only during their course.
8. How much do LNCs earn?
As an independent consultant, LNCs frequently earn in between $75 and $125 per hour. Consulting activities such as serving as an expert witness in litigation tend to allow LNCs to earn more. LNCs can be employed full- or part-time and positions based on billable hours can result in higher fees as well.
9. Where do LNCs typically work?
LNCs are finding more and more areas where their nursing knowledge can be an asset, including law firms, independent LNC practices, insurance companies, government entities, in-house counsel for hospitals/facilities, attorney general’s offices, worker compensation departments, administrative departments like State Board of Nursing, courts, home health agencies, district attorneys’ offices, coroner’s office – essentially any area where the combination of medical and legal expertise could be needed.
10. Does this LNC course have job placement assistance?
The USA Center for Continuing Education does not offer job placement assistance upon completion of the LNC course. It does however; prepare you to begin your career as a LNC. The LNC faculty may agree to provide a letter of recommendation to potential employers. Many LNCs find they prefer to start their own consulting business with their newly acquired skills and work as an independent contractor.
11. Do I have to find my own preceptor for the practicum required to complete the LNC course?
You do not have to find your own preceptor, however this is an excellent opportunity to network in the legal community where you live. This networking could open opportunities for future work on cases or providing expert witness testimony. It is recommended to approach a legal practitioner you already know or are familiar with in your community if you feel comfortable doing so.
12. Will the course teach me how to market my LNC skills?
Substantial portions of the class sessions will cover the business and operational aspects of having your own LNC business. Topics on marketing will also be included to guide you on branding your business including your business cards and logo, as well as identifying business development ideas. You will receive information on free or inexpensive resources to further assist you in these areas.