Certificate in Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare

Certificate in Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare

Healthcare professionals face legal and ethical dilemmas every day in their professions. This course provides you with a better grasp on crucial issues you’re likely to face involving HIPPA rules, medication errors, social media and healthcare, organ donation, and workplace violence.
6 weeks / 12 Course Hrs
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Healthcare professionals face ethical and legal dilemmas every day of their professional lives. In this certificate, you'll explore the legal and ethical risks that result from factors in the medical industry, including ever-shrinking resources, shorter lengths of stay, high-acuity patients, the availability of more complex information, diverse patient populations, and the use of technology.

By the end of the course, you'll have a solid grasp of crucial topics in the healthcare industry that are important to anyone working in the medical field. (12 contact hours)


ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for CE contact hours in all states.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are approved for continuing education credit for diabetes educators. All ANCC accredited courses are accepted for continuing education credit by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).

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There is no commercial support being received for this activity.

Expiration Date: 01/10/2020

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Health care professionals today are acutely aware of the need to understand the legal environment in which they practice. Ever-shrinking resources, shorter lengths of stay, high-acuity patients, availability of more complex information, diverse patient populations, and the use of technology mean that health care professionals must understand the legal risks inherent in their practice.

Health care professionals face ethical dilemmas every day of their professional lives. Ethical decision-making is an important part of the care they provide to their patients and clients. A sound understanding of key ethical issues helps health care providers make appropriate ethical decisions during the course of their care.

With the advent of astounding scientific and technological advances in every area of health care, today's health care environment is increasingly fraught with complex patient care issues. Health care professionals often have varying views on legal and ethical dilemmas that make it difficult to act in ways consistent with their own support for patient autonomy. The variation in individual state approaches to laws and professional standards, as well as specific codes of ethics, makes ethical dilemmas challenging for many health care providers as well as patients and family members.

Personal health information is protected under federal law. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides for the protection and security of personal health information. Both health care professionals and consumers must understand the legal and ethical implications of this law and the effects of violations on the patient and the provider.

Medications promote healing, reduce suffering, and contribute to modern medical miracles. However, because thousands of new drugs have been developed recently, because the health care environment is increasingly complex, and because patients are older and often sicker, there is increasing risk for medication errors.

Social media has many characteristics and has become part of the very fabric of today's society. It can be immediate, irreverent, and incredibly powerful. The use of social media in all areas of life, especially health care, is growing exponentially. Used to effectively communicate and connect with other health care professionals, the community, and patients, social media also has tremendous risks when not used professionally. Guidelines to ensure its safe and proper use are essential.

The gift of organ donation is the gift of life. However, the gap between those who need an organ or tissue donation and the number of donations available is wide and growing. Health care providers need to understand the issues surrounding organ and tissue donation and recovery so they can effectively support the needs of donor families and donor recipients.

Workplace violence is an increasing problem in organizations today and is especially challenging in the health care industry. Considered a human rights issue, workplace violence affects the dignity of millions of people worldwide and is a major source of inequality, discrimination, stigmatization, and workplace conflict. The consequences to organizations and employees are staggering and include negative financial, safety, and health-related outcomes.



Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Java. Click here to download Java.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Cyndie Koopsen is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author of "Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals."

Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes research experience, workshop presentations, and instruction. She has designed, developed, and instructed numerous integrative health programs for diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. Young is the co-author of "Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals."