Health Care Paralegal Studies

This ABA accredited professional certificate program is designed to provide paralegal education covering the skills necessary for students with a medical background to expand their careers into the legal arena.





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Classes start: January 24
and March 22

Credits Required

30 credits

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Voted Best Paralegal Program by Lawyer's Weekly Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1988, and accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, this professional certificate program is designed to introduce professionals in the healthcare industry to the legal system and the role of the paralegal in the field.

ABA Approved ProgramThe Healthcare Paralegal certificate program is open to students who have previously earned 60 hours of credit or a baccalaureate or associate degree, and who have at least 4,000 hours of nursing experience

This program is designed to allow our graduates to meet the needs of the business employer who requires experience in medical as well as legal issues. These include law firms, hospitals, insurance companies, consulting firms, government agencies, and health care systems. Additional courses expose you to specific practice areas where medical knowledge is particularly appropriate. Paralegals operate under the supervision of a licensed attorney. It should be noted that paralegals are prohibited from the practice of law except when allowed by law or court rule. 

As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

"I teach my students all sorts of subsets of litigation. I was a litigator as an attorney and now people litigate cases before me. I teach students from my hands-on experience from the start of a case through the ultimate appeal, if necessary,"

Michael Feeney, Judge, Rhode Island Worker's Compensation Court 
His Advice: Get involved, and it opens doors.
More: Teaching As An Extension of Law: Judge Michael Feeney, UC Adjunct Professor

Enrollment in a degree program is not required for enrollment in the certificate program. However, students interested in pursuing a degree may apply the credits earned through this certificate program to selected baccalaureate degree programs.

Sample Courses

Medical & Legal Malpractice 
Healthcare Administration I and II
Workers comp
Worker's Compensation 


10 required courses = 30 credits

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How You'll Get There

At UC, we support you on your individual path. Whether you are just starting out or picking up where you left off, we work with you to accomplish your goals. As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

You may take advantage of our prior learning assessment, applying transfer credit, trainings and assessments, military experience, work experience, and self-taught skills toward your certificate. 

An Expert Advisor

All matriculating students are assigned a on-on-one advisor, who is both an adjunct professor and an expert in their field. 

Flexible Options to Suit Your Schedule

The entire Paralegal Studies degree can be completed from anywhere you are. The majority of the courses are available online without specific course meeting times. In accordance with ABA requirements, a minimum of 9 credits (3 courses) of legal specialty courses must be taken in synchronous instruction. That means you will either attend class meetings through your computer at our conveniently located campus in downtown Providence. Your advisor will help you determine the best schedule for you.

Individualized Support, More Affordable

At University College, you get the individualized attention of a private university at a more affordable cost. There are multiple options for financial aid, scholarships, and accelerated paths to get you to the degree you need. Some programs run by Roger Williams are awarded by simply applying for admission, while others are awarded to students through a more formal aid application process.

To ensure full consideration for all aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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