Decision-Making in the Healthcare Setting - RAD32C

Decision-Making in the Healthcare Setting

When Ethics Are Tested

by Wendy Phillips, MS, RD, CNSC, CLE, NWCC, FAND
(4.5 / 53 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (1.25 CE Credit)

Price: $13.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.50


Confused, insecure, unsure — many healthcare practitioners feel this way when they must make difficult decisions about their patients’ care. Ethical decision making is sometimes a daunting reality, one that requires an understanding of how to apply moral and ethical principles in practical and serious situations. Basic models of ethical approaches exist, yet curricula for the allied health professions typically do not include them as part of a healthcare-based education. Therefore, healthcare practitioners may not know about these ethical models and how they can be used to resolve bioethical dilemmas in a systematic and purposeful manner. This course covers the four principles of bioethics, as well as models that can serve as tools when justifying difficult decisions.


The goal of this ethics and decision-making continuing education program is to provide dietitians, pharmacists, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and radiologic technologists with information on moral and ethical decision making. After studying the information presented here, you will be better able to:
  • Define the concept of moral or ethical decision making
  • Explain the theory of moral judgment development, including its stages and criticisms thereof, and identify which stage of moral judgment development a practitioner is exhibiting based on a response to an ethical dilemma
  • Describe the four principles of bioethical decision making and, given a hypothetical scenario, identify what is at stake for each principle
  • Discuss how critical thinking and dilemma discussion can affect moral development

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, imaging and radiation therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and physical therapists.
Imaging and radiation therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 6/1/2019 to 7/1/2020.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 4/16/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/7/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/1/2020

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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Chris B - surprise, AZ  ·  Oct 16, 2019
This test sucked! I had to re-read the questions and try to decipher what the hell you were asking me.
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KELLY R - LAWRENCEVILLE, GA  ·  Oct 14, 2019
Very good guide in step process of thinking & reactiing
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Jessica G - Stevens, PA  ·  Oct 09, 2019
It was a lot of information to take in all at once, but had a lot of beneficial information on ethical performance and behavior methods.
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Sylvia C - Hackensack, NJ  ·  Oct 03, 2019
excellent course concise and to the point
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ALYSSA K - mount carmel, PA  ·  Sep 29, 2019
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Price: $13.00
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