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2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate

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24 semester hours of credit required

A Widener legal nurse consultant (LNC) brings medical knowledge to the practice of law. Through a combination of online and seated lectures, practical instruction, and mentorship experiences students learn to evaluate, analyze, and consult on the medical aspects of legal issues. Students can explore issues relating to forensic science, toxic torts, product liability, and personal injury.

The goal of the ABA-approved LNC program is to provide maximum opportunity for registered nurses to be educated both in the classroom and in the diverse fields in which LNCs practice. Courses are taught by highly experienced professional attorneys and LNCs. Students who are accepted into the LNC program must hold a diploma or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing and a current RN license.

LSP Legal Nurse Consultant Program Objectives

  • Provide the maximum opportunity for nurses to become educated in the theory, philosophy, and ethical appreciation of the law.
  • Prepare students to become an integral part of the legal team.
  • Foster an understanding and appreciation for the role of the legal nurse consultant that reflects the prevailing ethical and educational standards set forth by the legal profession.
  • Provide students with deductive reasoning skills when preparing chronologies of medical events and organizing and reviewing medical records.
  • Provide students with extensive instruction in legal research, including the use of electronic legal research databases.


See Course Descriptions  for required prerequisites and corequisites

Total Credits: 24

Note: Students must take at least ten credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at

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