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 Course Title:   Medical Law and Ethics

 Title Abbreviation:   MEDICAL LAW & ETHICS

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    103

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Legal relationships between medical personnel and patients; professional liability; intentional and unintentional torts; contracts; law of agency; informed consent; professional practice requirements; medical ethics; public duties and responsibilities; licenses and accreditation; work-place legalities; influence of cultural mores.


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Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. State selected guidelines/requirements for health care.
  2. Discuss medical ethics and related issues.
  3. Be cognizant of and respond to risk management issues.
  4. Recall workplace legalities.
  5. Identify and respond to issues of confidentiality.
  6. Recognize the health care professionals’ legal and ethical boundaries.
  7. Recount public duties and responsibilities of health care personnel.
  8. Confirm their awareness of patients’ rights.
  9. Monitor legislation related to current health care and practice.
  10. Make appropriate documentation.
  11. Determine types of business arrangements appropriate to a physician’s office.
  12. Comment intelligently on social issues concerning medicine.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .

5.5 Demonstrate ethical practices as part of stewardship to local/global communities and environments.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the political and ethical issues in science.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to law and ethics.
  2. Practicing in a medical office.
  3. Law and the courts.
  4. Contracts.
  5. Professional liability and medical malpractice.
  6. Defenses to liability suits.
  7. Medical records and informed consent.
  8. Physician's public duties and responsibilities.
  9. Workplace legalities.
  10. Principles and social policy issues.
  11. Medical ethics.