Life Care Planner Program Modules - Capital University Law School

Life Care Planner Program Modules

  • Life Care Planner Program Modules 

    The LCP Program at the Law School consists of six one-month modules. You will earn a total of 11 credit hours for graduate-level work. The first five modules combine online delivery with weekly conference calls where students and instructors interact and discuss various issues about the life care planning process. The final module requires you to attend a trial skills weekend at the Law School in Columbus, Ohio. This module is experiential and affords you the opportunity to put your expert witness skills into practice by providing deposition testimony and testifying in a courtroom setting with attorneys, a judge, and jurors.

    New cohorts start in May and November. The schedule is intentionally structured so you can complete the program in six months and begin your life care planning career. (Please note that we must have a minimum class size of 3 students to go forward with any cohort.)


    I strongly recommend the Capital University Law School Life Care Planning Program for aspiring Life Care Planners. As a full time practicing vocational rehabilitation consultant, the program allowed me a flexible but structured learning opportunity to expand my practice to include life care planning services. The program leadership and instructors were helpful in facilitating the learning process and the program’s affiliation with a law school is advantageous given the predominant need for life care planning services in litigation. This is a great program to expand your practice and become a Certified Life Care Planner!

    Chris Meyers, MRC, CRC, CLCP - Graduate 2016 

    Program Modules

    Module I: Life Care Planning Methodology/The Assessment Process (Online)

    This module will provide a presentation of the step-by-step procedures used in developing life care plans. Students will review life expectancy tables, specialized catastrophic forms, collateral sources, assistive technology, resource forms, and cost analysis. The course also will include a review of documents, interviewing & assessment techniques, report writing, billing, and related care and services. Students will study the assessment process, assessment forms, and report writing. The course emphasizes areas such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, pediatric anoxic incident, cerebral palsy, and brain damage. Faculty will present topics including assessing, interviewing and comprehensive medical records review, and provide a brief overview of chronic illnesses, burns, amputations, visual impairments, AIDS, and organ transplantation.

    Module II: Medical Rehabilitation Team Process/Referral Sources (Online)

    This module will address comprehensive medical records analysis, interviews with clients, working with the client’s family members, and interaction with the medical/rehabilitation team members. In particular, students will learn about working with physicians, nurses, physical/occupational /speech/hearing therapists, psychologists, economists, neuropsychologists, vocational experts, and the legal team. This course includes a presentation by vendors of various products and services. The course content provides an emphasis on institutional sources, home care sources, and costs associated with these sources. Students also will discuss contracts, experts, the role of the case manager, and the role of the treatment team.

    Module III: Vocational Rehabilitation/ Economics, Damages/Structured Settlements (Online)

    This module will provide a comprehensive study of the roles of the vocational counselor, vocational management specialists, neuropsychologist, and rehabilitation team members. The topics this course will cover include vocational testing, measuring interests & aptitudes, identifying transferable skills, vocational needs assessment forms, earning capacities & wage loss, job analysis, labor market surveys & analysis, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students also will discuss validity and reliability of testing and the scientific methodology relied upon for expert testimony. In this course, students will learn about the role the economist plays in the life care planning process. The course content will include topics including the study of wrongful death, personal injury, life expectancy, loss of earning capacity and loss of wages, and work life expectancy. The material will emphasize economic calculations of a life care plan, resources available, and how best to utilize these resources. Students also will study the following types of damages: Hedonic damages, Human Capital Approach, considerations in valuation, admissibility of damage testimony, and the recovery of damages. The class will discuss structured settlements, annuities, trusts, structured settlement program designs, and relevant court cases, as well.

    Module IV: Capstone Course (Online)

    This module will include the methodology required to write a life care plan report. The faculty will systematically review the components of a life care plan report for a catastrophic case. The class will discuss the marketing and development of a life care planner business practice. Students will receive information about the process, testing, and qualifications required by the International Commission on Health Care Certification to achieve certification as a life care planner. Students will critique examples of life care plans from both the plaintiff and defendant’s prospective. Students also will learn tips and techniques necessary to prepare their life care plans during Module V.

    Module V: Preparation of a Life Care Plan (Online)

    Each student is required to utilize the information presented throughout the program, including the medical records, medical research, various forms, contracts, referrals, and cost analyses, to prepare an individualized comprehensive life care plan report. Students will submit the completed life care plan report for review and critique by the Certified Life Care Planner Panel at Capital University Law School. Students that meet the requirements of the ICHCC and successfully complete the required comprehensive life care plan report are eligible to sit for the life care planner certification exam.

    Module VI: Trial Practice/Catastrophic Cases (Onsite at Capital University Law School)

    In this module, students will learn about the discovery process in civil litigation. The students will discuss substantive and theoretical information about the role of the life care planner in litigation and as part of a legal team. Students also will participate in a deposition and trial testimony by presenting and defending their life care plan report from Module V. Following each student’s trial testimony, colleagues, instructors, and the mock trial team (attorneys, jurors, and a judge) will discuss the student’s performance.


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