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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (HCA 316)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

August 2021 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: explain a variety of  important principles and ethical theories that impact the healthcare industry; describe the role religious ethics play in the field of healthcare and compare it to legal and ethical issues; differentiate how each ethical decision varies based on specific circumstances; articulate how ethical beliefs play a role in our legal system and the importance of keeping patients safe and making sure they have their rights protected; analyze how ethical issues and ethical misconduct can have severe consequences in the healthcare field at large; and respond thoughtfully to legal and ethical issues and how to address them appropriately in healthcare settings.


This course focuses on the legal and ethical issues that arise for healthcare workers in the modern era and covers various types of ethical dilemmas, differentiating between legal, religious, and situational ethics. Other topics include past ethical issues to learn from and improve moving forward with the future of the healthcare system, ethics in the legal system and how it continues to grow and change in countless areas. This includes government ethics, organizational ethics, healthcare ethics, and the healthcare committee. This course is taught with the purpose of helping students become healthcare professionals with a strong ethical understanding and ability to craft solutions.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Human Services, Healthcare Administration, Business Management, or Healthcare Management (7/22).