Essentials of Medical Law/Ethics for Health Professionals Syllabus for 2021-2022
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HPRS-1205-001 Essentials of Medical Law/Ethics for Health Professionals


Course Description

Introduction to the relationship between legal aspects and ethics in health care, with emphasis on responsibilities of health care professionals.

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(2 sem hrs; 2 lec)

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Syllabus Information


MEDICAL LAW, ETHICS, and BIOETHICS for Health ProfessionsMarcia A. Lewis and Carol D. Tamparo, 2022, 8th Edition, F. A. Davis Company                           


Textbook, Quality Internet Provider, and Computer with Camera.

Student Performance

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Identify current legal and ethical issues in health care; cite case studies and governmental regulations.

Upon completion of the following the student will be able to perform & recognize the following with at least a 70% accuracy as evaluated by the program's faculty.

Define a given list of legal terms.

Summarize patient's rights in health care according to:

         a.  State of Texas

         b.  Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals

Define confidentiality of medical records in the hospital and physician's office.

Demonstrate knowledge of patient record requirements through:

         a.  record retention

         b.  record content

         c.  record destruction

Identify the importance and the requirements of medical record entries and their corrections and alterations.

Determine the interaction of release of information in the following special medical record areas:

         a.  child abuse victim

         b.  accident and incident reports

         c.  emergency room records

         d.  personnel records

         e.  terminally ill patient records

         f.  adoption records

Discuss the access of medical record information by the patient, the physician and others.

Explain disclosures of the medical record information in the courtroom setting. 

Special areas of concern will be:

         a.  hearsay and the Business Records exception

         b.  privileged communications

Discuss the use of physician's office records in the legal process..

Identify the importance of hospital staff records in the legal process.

Cite and discuss the liability for the improper disclosure of information.

Discuss the computerized record as legal evidence.

Identify and discuss the distinction between uninformed consent & informed consent.

Demonstrate knowledge of medical records and the hospital risk management program.  This shall be approached through definitions of applied terminology and showing the relationship between Quality Assurance and Risk Management.

Summarize a basic understanding of the American legal system through the approach of the nature of the law and the organizational structure.

Define the principles behind hospital and physician liability.

Discuss the collection practices to be performed in a medical office setting.

Cite the do's and dont's to the proper hiring practices of the health care field.

Discuss the ethics and bioethics involved in health care.

Review 4 case studies by actual viewing of criminal, & civil  court procedures.

Summarize torts and criminal offenses.

Discuss the defenses to professional liability suits & one's public duties and  responsibilities.

Completion of journal assignment dealing with medical law, ethics and bioethics.



The student will obtain a basic knowledge of medical law, ethics, and bioethics, so that the client (patient) may be treated with understanding, sensitivity, and compassion.  The student using this knowledge will be able to provide the best possible service for the physician/employer.



Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

Understand and  apply medical law in the maintenance of the patient's (client) medical record.

Understand and apply medical law in reimbursement issues.

Understand and apply ethical resolution as it applies to the medical record and reimbursement issues affecting physicians, ambulatory settings, hospitals, and patients.

Understand the current bioethical issues and/or dilemmas in order to assist the client and physician in the ambulatory setting.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Academic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of the college rules & regulations & is punishable as prescribed by Amarillo College Board policies.  Academic dishonesty shall include, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.
 “Cheating on a test” shall include:
•    Copying from another student’s test paper.
•    Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
•    Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator/instructor.
•    Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an administered/unadministered test.
•    Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self, to take a test.
•    Bribing another person to obtain an administered/unadministered test or information about an administered/unadministered test.

Using the course textbook or class notes is also cheating when taking an Online Exam.

“Plagiarism” shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work. 

“Collusion” shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.

Grading Criteria


Quiz & Participation Assignments:

Your quizzes will be over the key terms listed at the beginning of each chapter. 
Key term quizzes will be online. 
Formats of the quizzes will be fill-in-the blank or matching. 
The number of questions will vary due to the content of each of the chapters. 
Some chapters will be combined for a quiz. 
Quiz dates will be placed on the announcement page and by e-mails with the online portion of the course.
All quizzes will OPEN @ 6:00pm on the assigned date.
All quizzes will CLOSE @ 11:59pm on the DUE DATE.
NO MAKEUPS on missed quizzes.  
No quiz grade will be dropped. 

Quizzes are worth 15% of your final grade. 
It is the responsibility of the student to see that the participation assignments are turned into the instructor on time. 
Due dates will be announced on the announcement page and by e-mails. 
Case studies will also be included in the participation grade. 
Video responses will also be included in the participation grade.  Videos will be viewed online as well as in the classroom. 
Each student will be responsible for answering the questions at the end of the video.
When a video is viewed during a class meeting, an abstract will be due as a participation grade.
Participation Assignments are included in the Quiz Category for grades:

•    There will be 5 exams, FOUR (4) major exams and a comprehensive final exam, given in this course. 
•    These exams will be announced during class at least a week in advance of the exam date. 
      Dates of the exams will be given out in class and will be posted on the announcement page and by e-mails.
•    All major exams will be taken on On-line including the final exam.
•    The student will have a 3 day window to take the exam.
•    Time limits will vary depending on the number of questions on an exam. 
Time limits will vary from 50 to 75 minutes again depending on the number of questions per exam.

•    Once an exam is started by the student,  the clock is running, remember you have only the time allowed to complete the exam.
•    As you answer each question, the student must submit the answer and proceed to the next question.
•    When the student is finished with the exam, the student must submit the exam for grading.
•    The student will be able to see their exam score after the exam has been submitted for grading
•    All exams will open @ 6:00 pm and exams will close @ 11:59pm. 
Dates of the online exams will be posted on the announcement page and by e-mails.


The student will be responsible for creating and presenting a presentation dealing with medical law, ethics, and/or medical bioethics.  The presentation must show mastery of medical terminology.
Topics must be selected from professional publications (JAMA, American Journal of Nursing, Laboratory Medicine, etc.).  You  may use Health and Medical databases available through the AC Library.  Two (2) references are required, 1 must be from a library database.
Topics may not be selected from any newspaper or non-professional journals (Reader’s Digest, Prevention Magazine, Redbook, etc.).  Topics must be approved by Mrs. Massie.  Students must submit a bibliography to Mrs. Massie citing all references used for this presentation.  An oral presentation of the topic is required, powerpoint or other presentation software can be used as an visual aid.
Presentation should cite the source of the information, and include a brief summary of the topic as well as your opinion of the issues brought forth in the article.  You must have an opinion. 
Presentations that state that the student has “no opinion “ will receive a zero (0) for the assignment.
The completed presentation should be 10 minutes.  Students must give their presentations in person.

A student will draw for their presentation date.  The due date for the presentation will be sent as an email to the student.

A copy of your presentation must be turned into the instructor on the day of a student’s presentation.

Remember plagiarism is a crime.   If you do not understand the article content, look for a new topic or article.

The presentation will be worth 15% of the final grade.

There will be a comprehensive final exam given in this course.
The final exam will be worth 25% of your final grade.
The final exam will be given Online through AC Connect
Time limit for the final will be 2 hours or 120 minutes. 
The dates the final exam will be available will be posted on the course syllabus and announcement page and by e-mails.
Once the final exam is started the clock is running, you cannot pause the final exam, you must complete the final in 2 hours. 
The student will have only 1 attempt to take the final exam.
As you answer each question, the student must submit the answer and proceed to the next question.
When finished with the final exam , the student must submit the final exam for grading.  The student will be able to see the final exam score after the exam has been submitted for grading.

If a student misses the designated time for the final exam, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the exam, unless an incomplete has been granted.

Arrangements to receive an incomplete "I" grade for the course must be made prior to the date of the final exam.
Incompletes are granted only for emergency situations such as hospitalization of the student, serious injury to the student on the day of the final exam, etc.

Incompletes will not be granted for situations involving vacation plans, transportation difficulties, appointments, honeymoons, etc.

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Fridays  8:00am to 5:00pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday,  and Holidays

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Location:  Washington Street Campus - Ware Student Commons basement -"The Underground"

Monday – Thursday  7:00am to 9:00pm
Friday                         7:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday                       2:00pm to 6:00pm

Jan. 19th              First day of class
Mar. 1st                Last Day to withdraw / drop a course
Mar. 10th-11th      Final Exam

GRADING SUMMARY:                                   
Attendance              20% of the final grade          
Quiz/Participation  15% of the final grade          
Major Exams            25% of the final grade           
Presentation           15% of the final grade          
Final Exam              25% of the final grade           
                                 100% Final Grade

A  =  90.0 to 100%
B  =  80.0 to 89.9%
C  =  70.0 to 79.9%
F  =  69.9% or less

Final grades will not be rounded in this course.



CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.  This is a hybrid course which means that we will meet on campus 8 times during the semester.
"Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend each class that is scheduled on campus.. "Any student who is chronically late to class or leaves early or is absent more than three (3) times during the course may earn a failing final course grade."

Attendance will be taken.  100 points will be awarded to all students who sign in on the attendance sheet, who arrive on time to class and who stay for the entire class period.  Students who arrive late or leave early will be awarded only 50% of the attendance points regardless of the reason.  Students who fail to sign in or who do not attend class will receive no attendance points for that class. 

Covid Policy:  Any student who cannot attend class on campus must contact the instructor before the class meeting. 
The student will be required to attend class through Bb Collaborate link in the course. 
You must have a computer with a camera and the camera must remain on during the entire class session. 

Cell Phones are NOT relaible please do not try to connect to the class with your cell phone. 

You may be asked to provide documentation as to why you cannot attend class in person, such as a positive covid test or a physician note.
Class attendance will be worth 20% of the final grade.




Week 1    Syllabus, Introduction to course
Assignments will be posted online which will include reading assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. with the dates due.

Week 2    Class participation and activities.
Assignments will be posted online which will include reading assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. with the dates due.

Week 3    Class participation and activities.
Assignments will be posted online which will include reading assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. with the dates due. 

Week 4    Class participation and activities.
Assignments will be posted online which will include reading assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. with the dates due.

Week 5    Class participation and activities
Assignments will be posted online which will include reading assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. with the dates due.

Week 6    Class participation and activities
Assignments will be posted online which will include reading assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. with the dates due.

Week 7    Class participation and activities
Assignments will be posted online which will include reading assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. with the dates due.

Week 8    Student presentations in class.
Assignments will be posted online which will include reading assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. with the dates due.

 March 10th - 11th
Comprehensive Final Exam Online OPENS Wednesday, March 10th @ 1:00pm.
Final Exam CLOSES Thursday, March 11th @ 11:59pm.

This course may have several guest speakers if the speakers are available.  The dates will be announced by email and through the course announcements. 

Textbook Chapters:
I.    Medical Law, Ethics, and Bioethics

II.    Medical Practice Management

III.   The Health-Care Team in the Ambulatory Health Care Setting

IV.   State and Federal Regulations

V.    Professional Liability

VI.   Law for Health Professionals

VII.  Public Duties

VIII.  Consent

IX.    Medical Records

X.    Reimbursement and Collection Practices

XI.   Employment Practices

XII.   A Cultural Perspective for Health Professionals

XIII.  Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources

XIV.  Genetic Engineering

XV.   Reproductive Issues

XVI.  End of Life Issues

Additional Information

Websites listed in the textbook.

Syllabus Created on:

01/19/22 7:39 AM

Last Edited on:

01/19/22 7:44 AM