Medical Law and Ethics
AHEA 110 B60
3 credits – 3 lecture
Amy M. DeVore
Phone: 724.287-8711 ext. 8478
http://blackboard.bc3.edu (there is no www.)
Students can login a week before classes begin, however, courses are NOT available until
the first day of the semester.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of medical ethics and law. The
student will gain knowledge of law, medical ethics, and bioethics as they impact current
healthcare practices. Special emphasis will be placed on laws that impact healthcare
practice, risk management, contracts, liability and malpractice, informed consent, and
bioethical issues in healthcare delivery.
Idziak, Janine M. Ethical Dilemmas in Allied. Dubuque, IO: Simon & Kolz,
2000. Judson, Karen and Sharon Hicks.
Law & Ethics for Medical Careers. 4 Ed. Columbus: Glencoe, 2002.
Additional Course Materials:
HIPAA Project description and rubric for grading.
Chat sessions: (These require students to be online at a specific time)
Internet Student Resources:
Before classes begin, go to BC3 Online Learning – www.bc3.edu/onlinelearning for the
System check – check your computer equipment and Internet connection
Personality test – check your chance of success
Orientation schedule – all NEW Internet students MUST attend an orientation session.
The student will:
A. Illustrate why knowledge of law and ethics is important to healthcare workers.
B. Apply risk management practices.
C. Describe the contractual rights and responsibilities of practitioners and patients.
D. Summarize criteria associated with professional liability and medical malpractice.
E. Specify federal legislative controls including drug regulations, OSHA standards, workers’
compensation, and employment laws.
F. Critically examine bioethical issues of concern to medical professionals.
Each week students must email an assignment based on readings from the two textbooks
utilized in the class as well as post a Discussion Board entry as directed. In addition students
must submit a project on HIPAA.
All assignments must be submitted using the assignment tool. Late assignments will NOT be
NO makeup work or exams will be allowed. Pay close attention to due dates and do not
make it habit to wait until the last minute to submit work.
You can find the assignment outline in the “course information” folder.
Points are assigned for each posted assignment, Discussion entry, HIPAA project, and 3
Case Studies/ Discussion Board 60 points
Assignments approximately 100 points
Exams (3 exams) 300 points
HIPAA project 100 points
Total 560 points
More detailed course information is available online within the course.
* Information contained in this document is subject to change.