Course Syllabus


Note: This course code has changed from HS 304 to HCA 290. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

  1. The student will be able to accurately define, identify, or describe legal, ethical, and moral boundaries pertaining to the provision of healthcare services.
  2. The student will be able to define, identify, and describe criminal and civil law as it applies to the provision of healthcare services.
  3. The student will understand what constitutes malpractice and negligence, including how to minimize the risk and mitigate the consequences of each.
  4. The student will understand the legal requirements associated with the collecting, protecting, and retaining of patient medical information.
  5. Students will learn and demonstrate the analytical skills required to identify and apply relevant law and ethics to actual case scenarios.


This 2-credit course is an introduction to the legal aspects of medical care, including fundamental statues of the common laws that govern the physician-patient relationship, medical ethics, as well as federal and state regulatory agencies. Current issues involving medical ethics are discussed.

Learning Model Architecture

Students will prepare for the weekly activities by completing the chapter readings, including the case studies accompanying them. They will have opportunities to ponder and prove what they have learned by completing various assignments and quizzes. They will teach one another through small group discussions.

You are expected to read the Notes from the Instructor each week. Your instructor will post clarifications to the assignment for each week as well as answers to your classmates' questions.



Required Materials

Law & Ethics for Health Professions, 9th Edition. Karen Judson & Carlene Harrison. ISBN: 9781260021943.

The required textbook for this course is a low-cost auto access digital textbook. Access the textbook using the link provided in the Textbook Access module of this course. Your student financial account will be charged automatically on the first day of class.

If you do not want to use the digital textbook (perhaps you already purchased the print version of the textbook), you must opt-out or you will be charged for the digital textbook.

  1. Learn about Auto Access and learn how to opt-out: BYU-I Auto Access.
  2. Go to your Course Materials List to opt-out of Auto Access materials.

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Grading Policies

This course is comprised of readings, activities, case studies, discussion boards, reading quizzes, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

The following list shows the percentage of points needed to get the grade you want:

Grading Policies
Grade Percentage Range
A 100 - 93
A- 92 - 90
B+ 89 – 87
B 86 – 83
B- 82 – 80
C+ 79 – 77
C 76 – 73
C- 72 – 70
D+ 69 – 67
D 66 – 63
D- 62 - 60
F >60

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University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Personal Conduct

All of your correspondence with the teacher or other classmates must be respectful. Writing something disrespectful or “venting” is unprofessional and not becoming of a university student. In addition, it is not in accordance with the Honor Code of BYU-Idaho and you will be subject to discipline accordingly. You are invited to re-read the BYU-I Honor Code and the “Principles of Personal Honor.”

Course Summary:

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