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General Course Information for HSC300: Legal/Ethical Issues & Hlth Pr

Course: HSC300 - Legal/Ethical Issues & Hlth Pr
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Course Description: Focuses on legal and ethical concepts, principles of ethics and law and use in resolving ethical conflicts and dilemmas in health care. Scope of practice, informed consent, employee and patient rights and responsibilities, patient abuse, and the influence of finance and corporate culture will be explored. Sample cases will be analyzed.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Focuses on legal and ethical concepts, principles of ethics and law and use in resolving ethical conflicts and dilemmas in health care. Scope of practice, informed consent, employee and patient rights and responsibilities, patient abuse, and the influence of finance and corporate culture will be explored. Sample cases will be analyzed.
  • Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:andlt;olandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss the basic principles of ethics and the law.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Analyze how both ethics and the law contribute to every aspect of decision-making in health care.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Analyze case studies of ethical and legal health care issues.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Determine an organizationandamp;#39;s boundaries between what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss the professional code of ethics for selected allied health professionals.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss how moral values and beliefsandamp;#39;, religious influence, education and life experiences of both health professionals and clients can impact health care decisions.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss the influence of financial concerns on health care decisions.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss how corporate culture can affect health care decisions.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss employee rights and responsibilities.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss patient rights and responsibilities.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss pervasiveness of patient abuse, signs of abuse, and reporting requirements for abuse.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss the information needed by an individual so that consent is andamp;quot;informedandamp;quot;, who can give consent, and the ethical and legal implications of consent.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss the ethical and legal implications of practicing outside oneandamp;#39;s scope of practice.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss the appropriate action to take when the allied health professional disagrees with a physicianandamp;#39;s written order and is sure he or she is right.andlt;/liandgt;andlt;/olandgt;
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Analyze health services from social, workforce, financial, regulatory, technological, and organizational viewpoints
    • Commit to a code of professional ethics when providing services to clients, families and communities under all circumstances.
    • Explain the process of active participation in healthcare from a provider, patient, family, and community perspective.
    • Utilize culturally competent strategies and practices that respect the cultural, social, religious, racial, and ethnic diversity of the patient and family regarding disease and their health.
    • Assess clinical laboratory practice and procedure by applying the knowledge of technical skills and theory obtained.
    • Conduct research using primary literature sources.
    • Distinguish among laboratory methods which use advanced analytical, immunological, microbiological, hematological, and molecular techniques.
    • Evaluate laboratory procedure theory, methodology and results.
    • Identify problems in the clinical laboratory and establish a course of action to correct them.
    • Produce written work of the standards required by employers in the industry or post graduate programs.
    • Utilize critical thinking skills in Clinical Laboratory situations.
    • Demonstrate principles of collaborative leadership and team building strategies
    • Evaluate the impact of factors that affect the policies, management and operation of healthcare organizations;
    • Explain the legal and ethical principles and responsibilities of healthcare organizations to individual patient and community healthcare needs;
    • Solve problems and improve performance in healthcare organizations using principles of accounting, law, financial analysis, human resources management, operations analysis, management information systems analysis, strategic planning, and marketing;

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures