Legal Nurse Consulting

Professional Certificate in Legal Nurse Consulting

Professional Certificate in Legal Nurse Consulting

Online Program


15 months



Add new legal skills to your nursing expertise, and transition your career into a new, exciting area. Draft documents, summarize medical records, and serve as an expert witness. Learn about standards of practice, fundamentals of the law, the litigation process, report writing, ethics and testimony skills. Specialize in personal injury, medical malpractice, toxic torts, product liability or workers' compensation.

Designed For

Registered nurses (RNs) who are looking to explore a new career path.

What You'll Learn

  • Review, analyze and interpret medical records and related medical documents and prepare reports succinctly summarizing that information.
  • Act as a consultant on health care issues to attorneys in diverse legal settings.
  • Identify standard of care issues and relationship to claimed injuries and damages.
  • Develop and build a practice as an independent consultant and nursing expert witness.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in insurance companies, hospitals, government agencies, and risk management organizations.

Program Overview


14 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“The medical-legal applications of this program helped me to better serve my patients. The intensive, educational regimen, while balancing classwork, a career and family, ultimately proved to be a rewarding and enriching experience for me that I will use as reference in my future endeavors.”

Rosa Emperador

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
Chula Vista, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a registered nurse (RN) with at least an associates degree
  • Have an email address and access to the Internet

Professional Credit

Earn California Board of Registered Nursing continuing education credit. UCR Extension is an accredited provider (#11713).

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting

BMSC X448.1

1.5 units

Medical Record Review, Analysis and Standards of Practice


1.5 units

Quarter 2

Introduction to Forensic Science in Healthcare Settings


3 units

Quarter 3

Report Writing for the Legal Nurse Consultant

LAW X431.2

2 units

Introduction to Civil Law and Procedure

SOC X416.1

3 units

Quarter 4

Establishing and Organizing a Practice as a Legal Nurse Consultant

BMSC X448.5

1 unit

Sworn Testimony for the Healthcare Specialist

BMSC X465.12

2 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I have been an RN for 40 years, and teaching for UCR Extension for almost 20 years. For me, teaching is the joy of touching new generations of nurses with wit and wisdom. My role is to find something special about each student and help them see how their old job connects to a new, exciting future through education.”

Penelope Brown

RN & Owner
Health-Well Enterprises
Corona, CA

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