AHEA 100 Medical Law and Ethics • 3 Cr.


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. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Completion of AHE 100 and AHE 110 with a C or better, or permission of Program Chair.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental medical laws and ethical considerations for health care practice.
  • 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)
  • Explain legal confidentiality practices for medical offices