AMOA256: Medical Office Ethics and Law

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

The student is educated about the general ethical and legal aspects in medicine with an emphasis upon confidentiality, HIPAA, risk management, licensing, contracts and professional liability.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to acquaint medical office assistant students with the legal and ethical aspects related to their careers. By becoming cognizant of these facets of medical office practice, they will be prepared to deal with legal and ethical situations applicable to a medical office.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 250 words, use 1 peer-reviewed source cited in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Activities (7)

The student will conduct research based on the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Assignments will include case study reviews, policy creations, and short papers on law and ethics.

Position Papers (2)

The student will write a 10-page minimum, research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a special topic provided by the instructor. The paper must include at least 10 peer-reviewed sources, in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (5)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 20-minute time limit.

Quiz: Final

The Quiz: Final will cover the Learn material for each Module: Week covered in the course. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 75 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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