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Health Law in Medical Imaging

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 4643
Section Number
RADS 4643
Summer I 2017
Classroom Number
Days & Times


Gary D. Morrison MEd, RT(R), MRT (view Profile)


Publication Manual of the American Psychological A
6th edition, recommended text
Ethical and Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals
2nd edition, required text
Course Objectives

Course Overview:  This course serves as an introductory study of laws affecting medical imaging.  Topics include ethical & legal foundations, communication, confidentiality, nonmaleficence, beneficence, patient autonomy, informed consent, death & dying; student & employee rights and responsibilities; healthcare distribution, diversity, new technology and future challenges.


Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, a student will:

  • Differentiate between administrative, civil, and statutory law
  • Identify examples of each for the imaging and therapeutic sciences
  • Describe methods of reducing institutional and personal liability
  • Apply the professional practice standards to their personal practice
  • Respect the rights of the patient as described by law, professional practice standards, and ethical standards
Course Expectations

Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar.  See the Course Calendar for specific information about activities and due dates.

Timed Unit Exams (30%)

When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the exam, he or she will log on to Desire2Learn and receive a timed exam consisting of randomized multiple choice questions.  See the course calendar for due dates.

It is important to know the module content before attempting the timed module exams.  Scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her exam for grading.

All exams are open the day that classes begin, so you can work ahead. The timed exams MUST be submitted by the published due date or a grade of zero (0) will be awarded.

Annotated Bibliography (20%)

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research.

First, locate and record citations to 3 articles in peer-reviewed journals that contain information that is relevant to this course (ethics, health law, administrative law, labor law, etc.). Cite the book, article, or document using the APA style. There is a link to a helpful APA formats. This is not an all inclusive list of APA formats, it is just a guide. The paper should include a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the article. You must also discuss one of the following for each annotation (choose one):

  1. evaluate the authority or background of the author
  2. comment on the intended audience
  3. compare or contrast this work with another you have cited,
  4. explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.

More information, resources and the due date are available by visiting the Assignments link. The assignment is due on the date in the course calendar. NO late submissions will be accepted.

Early submissions are appreciated; however, they will not be returned until the end of the semester after all reports have been graded.

Discussion Board Participation- (20%)

There are discussion topics for each unit listed below. Students must post one (1) original post in response to EACH unit discussion question. Each student will be responsible for replying to questions/comments made to his/her original post. Students must also respond to at least two (2) postings from other students for each unit. Students must post responses by the deadlines to receive credit. Spelling, grammar, and substance really do count. Try not to veer off subject, and be respectful and considerate of your fellow student's submissions.

All posts must be meaningful to receive credit. What is a meaningful? A meaningful response is one that contributes to or, in some way, sheds new light on the discussion. “I agree with the others” would be an example of a meaningless response.

The forums are designed to encourage interaction between course students. Have fun with this activity but take it seriously because it does contribute to your course grade. Remember that your original posting will account for a significant portion (50%) of the course discussion grade for each Unit Discussion. The remainder of the discussion grade will be based upon three (3) things: replying to any questions/comments from classmates regarding your post, responding to original posts of your classmates, and mechanics (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.).

You must post your original response prior to participating in each of the topics.



Closed-Book Proctored Final Exam - (30%)

The final examination is an online, "closed book", proctored, comprehensive examination of multiple-choice format based upon the unit objectives.  The final exam is a timed, seventy-five (75) minute test. Please schedule the time for the final with the proctor service. All students are REQUIRED to have a webcam & microphone for the Final Exam.  SEE THE PROCTOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.  The reading assignments, unit objectives, study guides, and examinations can be utilized to review for the final. 

Students must complete the final (and all course work) by the dates published in the course calendar.  NO LATE SUBMISSIONS.  If there are any problems during the exam, the proctor should call the course instructor (Toll Free 866-575-4305, Direct 940-397-4338) If the instructor is not available, contact MSU Technical Support through MSU Desire2Learn, and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened.  The exam may have to be rescheduled.

Grading Standards



Grade Scale

Unit Quizzes


A =

100 - 90

Annotated Bibliography


B =

  89 - 80

Comprehensive Final Exam


C =

  79 - 70

Discussion Board


D =

  69 - 60



F =

  59 & below


Submission Format Policy

Annotated Bibliographies will adhere to APA format and will be submitted electronically as MS Word-compatible files (doc, docX, and rtf)

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

NO late submissions accepted. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto D2L.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

Other Policies

Administrative Process:  Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor.  If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence: 

  • Interim Department Chair - Ms. Debra Wynne (940-397-4608)
  • Interim College Dean - Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4594)
  • Dean of Students - Matthew Park (940-397-7500)

Communication with Instructor: Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  Students must use their standardized MSU Student email for correspondence about this course. 

Faculty members will not be responsible for keeping up with other email addresses for students.

The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)

When there is a need to contact students, the instructor will use the students' D2L email account. The instructor is not responsible for sending emails to any other email account. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at