Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Law, Ethics, and Professionalism in Healthcare

 Title Abbreviation:   LAW/ETHICS/PROFESSIONAL

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    103

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Legal and working 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; workplace legalities; influence of cultural mores. Professionalism and image, goal setting, time management, and relationships between healthcare teams.


Prerequisite: AHE 101, or concurrent enrollment, or department chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

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 the relationship between medical ethics, professional Code of Ethics and professionalism.
  3. Be cognizant of and respond to risk management issues. Recall workplace legalities.
  4. Identify and respond to issues of confidentiality. Recognize the health care professionalsí legal and ethical boundaries.
  5. Recount public duties and responsibilities of health care personnel. Confirm their awareness of patientsí rights.
  6. Monitor legislation related to current health care and practice. Make appropriate documentation.
  7. Determine types of business arrangements appropriate to a physicianís office. Comment intelligently on cultural and social issues concerning medicine.
  8. Compare and contrast job descriptions, credentialing requirements, legal and ethical responsibilities for healthcare professionals.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to set goals and utilize effective time management strategies.
  10. Project a positive attitude and demonstrate cultural competence in interactions with patients and team members.

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.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.

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, ethics, and professional standards for healthcare.
  2. Practicing in a medical office as a healthcare team member.
  3. Law and the courts. Contracts.
  4. Professional liability and medical malpractice. Defenses to liability suits.
  5. Medical records and informed consent. Physician's public duties and responsibilities.
  6. Workplace legalities. Medical ethics.
  7. Principles and social policy issues.
  8. Professional organizations, credentialing and team member roles for allied health professionals.
  9. Goal setting and time management.
  10. Cultural competency in healthcare teams.