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HPRO 131 Medical Law and Ethics • 2 Cr.


Designed for students interested in entry-level healthcare positions, this is an introductory course in the "practical" application of law and ethics as related to medical issues healthcare employees face on a daily basis. Topics include federal and state legislation, legal liability, HIPAA, confidentiality and release of information, scheduled drugs and DEA regulations, standard-of-care, and an exploration of the legal issues related to ethical considerations of conception, quality-of-life, hospice care, and advance directives.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • - Describe the fundamental medical laws and ethical considerations covered in class
  • - Practically apply knowledge of medical law and ethics by completing paperwork used in a medical office (e.g., living wills, power of attorney, release of information forms)
  • - Accurately explain legal confidentiality practices for medical offices
  • - Effectively communicate cultural concerns in the medical arena



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000