Bioethics in Healthcare - OT35

Bioethics in Healthcare

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Katherine Marya Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD
(4.4 / 312 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.20 AOTA CEU)

Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00


Ohio OTs are required to complete at least one contact hour of ethics education per renewal. This course fulfills that requirement.
How did bioethics become such an integral part of healthcare in the U.S.? No single event created the field of bioethics; instead, a cascade of events brought lawyers, legislators, philosophers and theologians together with physicians to insist on collective decision making and regulations to enhance patient autonomy. This course will help healthcare professionals become better versed in the topic of bioethics, and it will help them identify and assess situations so that ethical responses can be enacted.


The goal of this bioethics continuing education course is to inform readers about ethical dilemmas and decisions, and help them identify and assess situations so ethical responses can be chosen and enacted. Studying the history of bioethics can help students understand how specific historical events revealed the need for these kinds of bioethical models and approaches, creating foundations upon which today’s ethical approaches are built. After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the history and evolution of bioethics
  • Define the legal and medical terminology used in bioethics
  • List organizations that are concerned with ethical standards in healthcare
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative, Regulatory, & Reimbursement Issues
Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends
Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, imaging and radiation therapist, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 1/29/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/27/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/27/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Kimberly B - Irmo, SC  ·  Jan 13, 2018
This course is very informative and relevant to the practice of occupational therapy.
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Krystyn B - Alpharetta, GA  ·  Jan 08, 2018
Very direct and helpful
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Hollie M - Eastern Region, IL  ·  Dec 28, 2017
This course was easy to understand and a good refresher for learning the basics of ethics in healthcare.
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roberta s - Fayetteville, NY  ·  Dec 22, 2017
Informative historical review of events in the progression of bioethics, but SO much left out including experimentation conducted in the US military, mental institutions, the case of Henrietta Lacks and of course regarding more contemporary issues such a abortion and stem cell research - Maybe a follow up course in this series on ethics would be beneficial!
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katelyn b - HAMEL, IL  ·  Dec 20, 2017
I am glad that this course demonstrated different studies completed between the 1930's-1970's stating the wrongful medical experiments completed on patients.
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Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00