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Combined Post-Masters Legal Nurse Consultant and Doctor of Nursing Practice Certificate

This option provides students the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Masters Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate simultaneously. The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Masters Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate combined option provides a solid academic and practical foundation for master’s prepared nurses interested in a career as a legal nurse consultant.

Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate


The Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate is designed for nurses interested in assessing health practice and standards in a legal setting.

For more information regarding the Post-Masters Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate Program please refer to: https://www.wilmu.edu/health/nursing-leadership-certificate.aspx

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree


The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is designed for nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing and offers an educational pathway to earn the highest clinically focused doctoral degree in nursing. Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, students will possess forward thinking clinical and leadership skills to promote the application of evidence-based practice to address the nation’s increasingly complex healthcare needs.

For more information regarding the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, please refer to: https://www.wilmu.edu/health/dnp.aspx

Program Information 


Admission, progression, and graduation requirements are a coordinated effort within the College of Health Professions graduate and doctoral programs. The combined Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Post-Masters Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate Program is 45 credits and 500 experiential engagement hours for students enrolled in the Advanced Practice DNP Concentration. Students enrolled in the Leadership DNP Concentration will complete 57 credits and 1,000 experiential engagement hours. Students will be dual advised by the MSN Leadership Program Chair and DNP Program Chair.

DNP 7000: Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice meets the requirements for the DNP program and MSN 6646: Philosophy and Ethics in Advanced Nursing Roles in the Post-Masters Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet admission requirements for both the Post-Masters Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

In addition, this program requires two applications, one to the Post-Masters Legal Nurse Consultant program and one to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.



Advanced Practice Concentration, (45 Credits, 15 Courses)

Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate Courses

MSN 7310 Legal Issues in Nursing Practice (Fall I and online only)

MSN 7320 Practices in the Realm of Nursing and the Law (Fall II and online only. Includes Clinical Hours)

MSN 7350 Forensic Nursing: Clinical and Legal Implications (Summer I and online only)


Final Course Requirement:

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

DNP Core Classes

DNP 7000 Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7101 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7103 Population Health (20 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 7104 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

DNP 7105 Healthcare Economics and the Business of Practice

DNP 7106 Healthcare Informatics

DNP 7107 Applied Evidence-Based Practice

DNP 7108 Quality Improvement in Healthcare (35 experiential engagement hours)

DNP Project Courses

DNP 8000 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I (145 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II (150 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III (150 experiential engagement hours)


Leadership Concentration, (57 Credits, 19 Courses)

Legal Nurse Consultant Courses

MSN 7310 Legal Issues in Nursing Practice (Fall I and online only)

MSN 7320 Practices in the Realm of Nursing and the Law (Fall II and online only. Includes Clinical Hours)

MSN 7350 Forensic Nursing: Clinical and Legal Implications (Summer I and online only)

Final Course Requirement:

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

DNP Core Courses

DNP 7000 Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7101 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7103 Population Health (20 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 7104 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

DNP 7105 Healthcare Economics and the Business of Practice

DNP 7106 Healthcare Informatics

DNP 7107 Applied Evidence-Based Practice

DNP 7108 Quality Improvement in Healthcare (35 experiential engagement hours)

DNP Project Courses

DNP 8000 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I (145 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II (150 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III (150 experiential engagement hours)

Experiential Engagement Courses

DNP 9001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement I (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement II (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9003 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement III (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9004 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement IV (125 experiential engagement hours)




This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2019 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.