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MAST 1201 - Ethical & Legal Practices in the Medical Office

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: HHSC 1700 , HHSC 1740 , and WHES 2072  all with grade C or better

Corequisites: MAST 1202  and MAST 1203  

(formerly MAST 1210)

This course focuses on scope of practice, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), patient rights, criminal and civil law, interviewing, compliance reporting, public health statutes, legal terms, ethics, morals and practices for emergency situations.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, student will be able to discuss legal implications in the medical office.


  1. Differentiate between scope of practice and standards of care
  2. Compare and contrast provider and medical assistant roles in terms of standard of care
  3. Describe components of the Health Information Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  4. Summarize the Patient Bill of Rights
  5. Discuss licensure and certification as they apply to healthcare providers
  6. Compare criminal and civil law as they apply to the practice of a medical assistant
  7. Define:
    1. Negligence
    2. Malpractice
    3. Statute of limitations
    4. Good Samaritan Act(s)
    5. Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
    6. Living will/advanced directives
    7. Medical durable power of attorney
    8. Patient Self Determination Act (PSDA)
    9. Risk management
  8. Describe the following types of insurance:
    1. Liability
    2. Professional (malpractice)
    3. Personal injury
  9. List legal and illegal applicant interview questions.
  10. Identify: 
    1. Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
    2. Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
    3. Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
  11. Describe the process in compliance reporting:
    1. Unsafe activities
    2. Errors in patient care
    3. Conflicts of interest
    4. Incidents reports
  12. Describe compliance with public health statutes:
    1. Communicable diseases
    2. Abuse, neglect, and exploitation
    3. Wounds of violence
  13. Define the following medical legal terms:
    1. Informed consent
    2. Implied consent
    3. Expressed consent
    4. Patient incompetence
    5. Emancipated minor
    6. Mature minor
    7. Subpoena duces tecum
    8. Respondent superior
    9. Res ipsa loquitor
    10. Locum tenens
    11. Defendant-plaintiff
    12. Deposition
    13. Arbitration-mediation
    14. Good Samaritan laws


Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, student will be able to define ethics and morals.


  1. Distinguish between ethics and morals.
  2. Differentiate between personal and professional ethics.
  3. Identify the effect of personal morals on professional performance.
  4. Develop a plan for separation of personal and professional ethics.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate response(s) to ethical issues.
  6. Demonstrate cultural diversity respect.


Outcome 3:  Upon completion of this course, student will be able to discuss emergency procedures.


  1. Discuss fire safety issues in an ambulatory healthcare environment.
  2. Discuss fundamental principles for evacuation of a healthcare setting.
  3. Identify critical elements of an emergency plan for response to a natural disaster or other emergency.
  4. Recognize the physical and emotional effects on persons involved in an emergency situation.
  5. Demonstrate self-awareness in resounding to an emergency situation.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Legal implications
  2. Ethics and Morals
  3. Emergency Procedures

Primary Faculty
Cellitti, Janet
Secondary Faculty
Austin, Delena
Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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