PHIL 102: Ethics and Policy in Healthcare I

Class Program
Degree Code
Humanities Lecture
Credits 1 Lecture Hours 11

This is the first in a series of five courses exploring values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people and groups within the context of the healthcare professions.


Admission into the Level IADN Nursing Program or instructor permission.


NUR 110 or instructor permission.

Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Compare ethical theories.
  2. Explore the historical influences on our current healthcare system and healthcare professions.
  3. Identify moral, ethical, and legal responsibilities of healthcare professionals.
  4. Using nursing as an exemplar, explore how professional organizations enhance safety and education in healthcare.
  5. Analyze an ethical situation in healthcare using an ethical framework.
Institutional Outcomes

IO1 Communication: Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.

Course Content Outline

1.    Introduction to values and ethical principles 
2.    Ethical Decision making strategies in healthcare
3.    Historical influences on current healthcare systems
4.    Characteristics of a professional
5.    Role of professional organizations in healthcare

Department Guidelines

PO4 should be assessed:  Students will be able to recognize or articulate personal/interpersonal aspects of, or connections between, diverse cultural, social, or political contexts.

PO5 should be assessed:  Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.