Medical Office Ethics and Law – AMOA 256

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.


NURS 105



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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the legal responsibilities of the medical office.
  2. Describe the functions of the medical office within the legal system.
  3. Explain the differences among criminal laws, civil laws, and the classifications of contracts.
  4. Analyze medical malpractice cases.
  5. Explain the organization of a medical practice, the different regulations and acts, and medical records.
  6. Discuss the various aspects of ethics and privacy.
  7. Discuss the ethics on the rights of a fetus, newborn, child, and the professional ethics involving belief systems, experiments, and drug testing on the job.
  8. Investigate ethical concerns surrounding issues related to death and dying.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 textbook presentations 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 Reading & Study 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.

Final Exam

The exam will cover the Reading & Study material for each module/week covered in the course. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 75 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes.