Medical Law and Ethics
Medical Coding Program
Welcome to the Independent Study Program for Medical Law and Ethics.  Follow the instructions on your course syllabus before taking each test.

Step 1:  Meet with your instructor
Step 2.  Review the study guide below

Law and Ethics for Medical Careers
Independent Study Option
Study Guide



The Law and Ethics for Medical Careers course is offered by Independent Study for Reimbursement Specialist students and others who are required to complete the course but who are unable to attend the classroom version. Student eligibility is determined by the instructor, Deborah Grider (578-1211).

Requirements for Course Completion

All course requirements must be completed within a 12-week period. If course requirements are not met within the specified period of time, the student’s enrollment in the course will be terminated. Students may apply for an Incomplete and be granted extra time to meet course requirements with the approval of the instructor. 

Students must earn a midterm grade of C or better (80% minimum) to continue in the self-study course.  If a midterm grade is below 80% then the student must drop the self-study course and enroll in the next offering of the instructor led course.   An overall grade of C or better (80% minimum) must be obtained to pass the course.  The grading scale is as follows:

93 to 100% A
85 to 92% B
80 to 84% C
below 80% F

A grade of “D” is not given in this course

Tuition and Book Fees

Students must pay their tuition fee and purchase textbook prior to beginning the course.


Course Description and Goals

The Law and Ethics for Medical Careers course presents an overview of laws and ethics relevant to medical careers and a variety of concepts and learning activities to help guide you through the legal and ethical questions you may reasonably expect to face as a health care professional.

This course is intended to introduce the legal side of medicine to employees and provide a foundation of law to be use as a guide against which individual behavior may be measured.  It is intended to help prevent medical malpractice litigation by exposing the student to the legal concepts of standard of care, scope of employment, criminal and civil acts, contract negligence, and ethical concepts.  It is not an exhaustive study of medical law and ethics but one directed toward informing and alerting employees in the health-care delivery system to the legal side of their employment.

Having completed this course, students will be able to:

·Appreciate the importance of understanding the laws applicable to the practice of medicine.
·Recognize that employment in the medical field carries with it legal obligations for the patient, employer, employee and the state.
·Distinguish between standard of care required of licensed and unlicensed personnel by the courts.
·Distinguish between practicing as an allied health professional and practicing medicine.

Evaluation Methods

Section Tests----------------------------------------60%
Key Terms, Check your progress, Chapter review questions, Film review and follow-up assignment-----------------20%
Final Exam-----------------------------------20%

Course Content

The course is divided into six sections:

Section 1: Chapters 1 & 2
1: Introductions to Law and Ethics
2: Working in a Health Care Profession

Section 2:  Chapters 3 & 4
3: Law and the Courts
4: Contracts

Section 3:  Chapters 5 & 6
5: Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice
6: Defenses to Liability Suits

Section 4:  Chapter 7
7: Medical Records and Informed Consent

Section 5: Chapters 8 & 9
8: Physicians’ Public Duties and Responsibilities
9: Workplace Legalities

Section 6: Chapters 10 & 11
10: Bioethics: Social issues
11: Interpersonal Relationships and Practice Matters

Learning Activities

1) Textbook and Assigned Readings

Law and Ethics for Medical Careers (2nd Edition) by Karen Judson and Sharon Hicks; Glencoe McGraw Hill Publishing

2) Films:
The Doctor
Patch Adams

3) Each Section: Key Term definitions, “Check Your Progress” Self-Assessments, Chapter Review Questions

4) Demonstrations of Mastery

Each Section:
Key Term definitions
“Check Your Progress” Questions
Chapter Review Questions
Section Tests
Final Exam

Final Grade

The student’s final grade for the course will be determined as follows:

Section Tests-----------------------------------------60%
Key Terms, Check your progress, Chapter review questions, film follow-up assignment ----------------------------20%
Final Exam--------------------------------------------20%

Meeting and Communicating With the Course Instructor

Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as needed to get questions answered, and to update her on their progress in completing course requirements.

To reach Deborah Grider call 317/578-1211 (leave a voice-mail message if necessary) or e-mail her at

While enrolled in the course, students must schedule three required meetings with the instructor:

1)Initial meeting - review course requirements and begin the course.
2)Midterm meeting – assess current course enrollment standing, depending upon your midterm grade. Discuss assignments for the first three sections. (You will need to keep a copy of assignments to use for review and studying for the final exam.)
3)Final Meeting – Take final exam and then review the course and your final grade.

My Quia activities and quizzes
Chapter 4: Contracts: session law and ethics test section 4
Medical Law & Ethics Final: session law and ethics final make up exam
Chapter 1: Introduction to Law and Ethics: session law and ethics test section 1
Chapter 3: Law and the Courts: session law and ethics test section 3
Chapter 2: Working in a Health Care Profession: session law and ethics test section 2
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