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LNC Short Courses

These courses are designed to augment the learning taught through the Legal Nurse Consulting (LNC) Certificate. Each offering is designed based on the needs within the LNC community to build skills that will be useful when planning a LNC career. It is not necessary to complete the LNC Certificate prior to taking one of these courses, however it will be beneficial.

Classes are taught by professionals who have taught in the Duke Legal Nurse Consulting program and have practiced in their field of Instruction. An active US RN license is required for admission into these courses. Maximize your education by enrolling in one of these today.

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Curriculum & Course Details

The following courses are currently offered virtually. There are no required books for these courses, however Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practices 4th ed is recommended to supplement your learning experience at Duke Continuing Studies.

The LNC’s role in Lifecare Planning

  • Friday March 12, 2021
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Life care planners evaluate individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions in order to outline the needs created by the disability. The life care planner develops an integrated plan that includes items and services required, along with specific costs. Life care plans are utilized in a variety of situations including litigation, managed care, worker’s compensation, and in insurance companies.

The participants in this class will gain a basic understanding of Life Care Planning and how it is incorporated in the role of an LNC. This course provides a novice level introduction to life care planning.

The role of an LNC in a SANE Case Review

  • Friday April 9, 2021
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Using a case study, this course will analyze case components from initial acute exam, evidence collection and documentation to preparation and participation for a criminal trial. The course content will also provide examination of how an opposing expert may challenge both the prosecutor's case and the SANE testimony and the role the LNC will provide in counteracting such strategy.

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Admission is discretionary. Duke Continuing Studies-Professional Certificate Programs- requires students be a least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.

Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant.

Admissions Criteria

  • Active RN License*
  • Fluency in English (including reading and writing)
  • Computer literacy, internet access, and valid email account required
  • Have an email account and regular access to the internet and a computer, preferably one with both microphone and camera abilities. Please note that if the student’s computer does not have microphone capability, they will need to log into Zoom using their smart phones. Students must have the means to both hear and speak to the instructor and other students during class time.
  • Payment of tuition in advance of program start (except in a case where a loan payment may be received from an agency after the start of the program). Payments can be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, personal check, loan or cashier’s check/money order

*RN license must be a valid US state or multi-state license. International licenses do not qualify.

**Please note that the qualifications for our program differ from the qualifications necessary to apply for the LNCC examination.

*** These offerings are not affiliated with the Duke School of Nursing.

In order to register, you will need to provide proof of an active RN license. Please have your license number and expiration date available when you register.


These courses will be held in a live, virtual classroom format using Zoom. Classes usually meet for 6 hours on the specific date. You will need to be present with your camera turned on during the class time. Please see the class schedule for specific dates.

Technical requirements

Operating System:

  • Windows XP SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)


  • 1 Ghz or faster CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • video card
  • sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)


  • Microsoft Office 97 (or newer) or comparable office suite such as Open Office (free download available at
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 or greater (free download available)
  • Adobe Reader/Acrobat Reader 7.0 or greater (free download available)

Web Browser:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or greater
  • Firefox 3.6 or greater (free download available)
  • Netscape, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and other web browsers may work, however may not render all features of the course(s)
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled


  • Reliable internet connection
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the system regarding registration, course status, etc.)
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Schedule & Registration


1. REGISTER ONLINE using a credit card with our secure, real-time registration system. Add the course to your shopping cart and follow the instructions for checking out.

2. You may also choose to call the registration office at 919-684-6259 during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST) to register. You will be able to register by phone then invoiced for the tuition. Payments cannot be accepted by phone.

Registration questions? 919-684-6259

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Duke Continuing Studies chosen to offer this program?

This program was created in response to the growing number of requests we received from nurses who completed the Legal Nurse Consulting program and were interested in expanding their skill set in the Legal Nurse Consulting field. Our goal at Duke Continuing Studies is to provide affordable and high quality education opportunities to the community. This program fulfills both goals.

Do I need to complete the Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate program before enrolling in these courses?

No, these courses are designed to enhance the Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate program. They are developed and taught by instructors in the LNC Certificate program, who felt the material would be beneficial for those entering the Legal Nurse Consulting field.

Which textbook will be used during the program?

It is recommended to read Legal Nurse Consulting Principles and Practices, 3rd or 4th edition. You may order books through AALNC or Amazon. Not only will this be a good resource for your business, the instructors may make reference to the book while in class.

Is access to a computer required during this program?

These courses are currently offered online through the virtual platform, Zoom. Access to a reliable computer with a camera and microphone is required for the duration of the program.

Is this program affiliated with the Duke University School of Nursing?

This program is not affiliated with the Duke University School of Nursing nor the Duke University Medical Center. Duke University Continuing Studies (DCS) offers a wide variety of career-enhancing certificate programs geared toward particular needs of working professionals. Certificate programs such as the LNC program are often co-sponsored with industry experts to provide education focused on applicability to real world issues and solutions.

Can any of the courses in the program be applied to another degree?

No. This program is a non-credit certificate program and is not applicable to a degree unless the institution being applied to is willing to extend credit to the applicant for contact hours.

Does Duke offer employment assistance to its graduates?

It is incumbent upon the student to seek his/her own employment through their own endeavors. Duke Office of Continuing Studies provides no assistance with job search, career placement and/or internships nor make any claim or warrant this program will result in obtaining a position of a result of completion.

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Tuition & Funding Sources


$325 per course

Duke Employee Discount

  • $25 off the fee of $325 Duke employee pays fee of $300
  • Student must register and pay tuition in full prior to receiving program access
  • Questions: Contact Program Manager at 919-684-2601

Discount must be requested and applied during the registration process and cannot be applied in addition to any other discount that may be offered. You may be asked to verify your status as a Duke employee.

Group Discount

Do you have a group (Duke or non-Duke entity) interested in training?

Contact the Program Manager at for details.

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Policies & Procedures

To receive a refund minus a $20 processing fee, we must receive your written cancellation request at least two weeks before the program begins. Include your name, address, phone number, and program to be dropped. You may inform us by:

Fax: 919-681-8235
Mail: Registration – Legal Nurse Consultant Program
Duke Continuing Studies
Box 90700 
Durham, NC 27708-0700

Bad Checks

If a check is returned for insufficient funds, we will charge a returned check fee of $35. Checks will not be resubmitted. The replacement payment must include the additional $35 and be in the form of cash, money order, or credit card.

Course is Filled / Waiting List

If a course is already filled, a waiting list is usually available instead. If you are interested in placing your name on the waiting list, follow the checkout instructions to do so. If a space becomes available, a registration staff member will call you and ask if you are still interested. If you are interested, registration staff can take your payment information over the phone and complete your registration at that time.

If We Cancel a Course

Sometimes we have to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment, or due to unforeseen events. If that happens, you will receive a full or pro-rated refund. Duke Continuing Studies reserves the right to substitute instructors or change the day a course meets.

Tax Deductions

Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:

Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”

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