Healthcare Ethics and Law

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Healthcare Ethics and Law

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Health Administration, Health Science, Legal Studies, Pre-Nursing, Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Nursing practice is informed by, and framed within, the principles of law and ethics. The subject begins with an introduction to ethics, including an overview of the ethical theories and principles used in health care. Students are introduced to the law and to the notion of legal systems and will review the sources of law and learn to distinguish between criminal and civil law. The concept of 'duty of care' is explored, along with the potential to breach that duty of care, resulting in negligence. Students will examine the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of nursing and accountability in nursing practice.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.