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Lackawanna College 

PHL 110 Medical Ethics

Summer I 

May 30 - Jun 30 2017  

3 Credits





Mary Kay DelRosso AS, RDCS




Sonography Basement

Seeley Hall


Office Hours


By appointment Only





Pozgar, George D. Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals. 4th Ed. Jones and Bartlett Learning: Burlington, MA. 2016 ISBN: 1284-036-790 (Mandatory)

Navigate 2 Advantage Access Code (Mandatory)



 The purpose of this course is to expose the student to the topic of medical ethics and its direct relationship to client care. It will spark and encourage consideration of medical law, while reflecting on ethical, moral, cultural and personal considerations of both the medical professional and the clients we care for. Students will come away from this course understanding that ethical practice and considerations exist concurrently with the medical care we administer. (3 Credits)



  1. Differentiate between needs and values
  2. Differentiate between ethics and morals
  3. Identify the basic principles involved in medical ethics
  4. Define the basic principles found in health care ethics
  5. Describe the levels and stages of value development
  6. Develop personal mission and vision statements
  7. Identify their own values and principles
  8. Discuss the common theories and methods used in making value decisions
  9. Explain the principle of “informed consent”
  10. Explain the relevant aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and the Stark Laws as pertains to the allied health professions




Online Course Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


 # of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)




 You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT posts in all, minimum.

  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course and receive a zero as their final grade.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course and receive a zero for their final.


 Online Course Discussion Policy


In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.


You MUST post no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!


 Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

50 points per week for a total of 350 points


What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)



(10 per DQ)




Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)





Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)





Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.





Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both





Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation





Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette











Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.



Instructor Policies:


The very nature of this course requires all participants to reveal their thoughts and feelings about some very controversial issues. Therefore the opinions and viewpoints of everyone must be respected at all times with no exceptions. You may discuss but not argue…you may try to persuade others to see your viewpoint but you may not try to do so by overwhelming them. I will not allow any bullying or ridicule of any student in this course by any other student in this course.  I will only give one warning to the offending student, if the behavior occurs again they will immediately be dismissed from the course and receive a zero for the final grade.


The student must achieve an overall minimum average grade of 82 B. Failure to achieve an 82 B and maintain a 3.0 GPA will prohibit student from progressing any further in a Sonography Program.

The assignments in this course are tracked by points. Use the Points Value column to check your grade based on how many points you have earned. You might also estimate how many more points you need in order to earn the final grade that you want.

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Points Value

Quality Points


96 – 100




90 – 95




87 – 89




83 – 86




80 – 82




77 – 79




73 – 76




70 – 72




67 – 69




60 – 66




0 – 59




Due Dates and Late Penalties:

Late assignments will earn a penalty. Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%

Academic Integrity:

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well.

 The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs. Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab. If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Ms. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or

Course Schedule:





Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


Introduction to Ethics

1, 2, 3 & 4

·         Read Chapter 1, “Introduction to Ethics”·        

           Complete End-of-Chapter Quizzes

         Discussion Question

         Case Study



Patient Consent


·         Read Chapter 12, “Introduction to Ethics”

·         Complete End-of-Chapter Quizzes

·         Discussion Questions

·         Case Study



End-of-Life Dilemmas


·         Read Chapter 3, “Introduction to Ethics”

·         Complete End-of-Chapter Quizzes

·         Discussion Questions

·         Case Study



Health Care Professionals Legal-Ethical Issues

Physician Ethical and Legal Issues

3, 4 5, 6, & 8

·         Read Chapter 9 & 10 “Introduction to Ethics”

·         Complete End-of-Chapter Quizzes

·         Discussion Questions

·         Case Study



Rights and Responsibilities of Employees

6,7,& 8

·         Read Chapter 11, “Introduction to Ethics”

·         Complete End-of-Chapter Quizzes

·         Discussion Questions

·         Case Study



Rights and Responsibilities of Patients

9 & 10

·         Read Chapter 14, “Introduction to Ethics”

·         Complete End-of-Chapter Quizzes

·         Discussion Questions

·         Case Study



Patient Abuse

6,7 & 8

·         Read Chapter 13, “Introduction to Ethics”

·         Complete End-of-Chapter Quizzes

·         Discussion Questions

·         Case Study






Week 1 [unit]
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