You do not need to be "certified" to work as an LNC. In fact, in order to be certified through AALNC (the only legal nurse consulting credential recognized by AALNC and accredited by ABNS), you may sit for the certification exam only after meeting the following criteria:
- a minimum of five years of experience practicing as a registered nurse
- evidence of 2000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience within the past three years.
But, as I said, you do not need to do this in order to practice as an LNC.
You may want to look at the AALNC online program as it is more affordable than some other programs. You can do as many of the modules as you want and can purchase them individually if you desire.
You will find in the LNC educational materials, that it is important to have a good foundation in nursing. Professional nursing education and healthcare experience make LNCs unique and valuable partners in legal processes.