Apply to USF Now | Graduate Admissions | Events & Workshops | Giving to the Office of Graduate Studies

Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR6516

Edit function not enabled for this course.

Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-11-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change credits from 3 hours to 1 hour
Comments: Tp GC 9/25/12 for review - supports MSMS - Athletic Training Concentration. GC approved 10/1/12. to USF Syst 10/2/12. to SCNS 10/11/12. Approved effective 11/12/12

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2881 2012-05-29
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Medical Sciences MD
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Rebecca Lopez 8133969078

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ATR 6516 Ethical & legal issues in healthcare

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 O - Other R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0




    GMS 6871

    Course Description

    This course is designed to develop an awareness of the ethical and legal issues required for athletic trainers to optimally deliver health care. Controversial topics,case studies and issues related to the profession of athletic training will be discussed.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is needed for the Athletic Training concentration and is intended to supplement the Health Science Ethics course. Since the health ethics course is 2 credits, this course needs to change from 3 credits to 1.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Knowledge of ethical issues in athletic training

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course objectives are to develop a broad and thorough understanding of the many ethical issues often seen in athletic training. The course will include understanding the NATA's Code of Ethics, identifying potential unethical professional practices seen in athletic training, analyzing state and federal laws as they pertain to athletic training practice, and preparing a risk management plan for athletic training clinicians and education programs.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the National Athletic Trainersí Association Code of Ethics and critique the standards according to current professional needs and societal standards.

    2. Link ethical theories to athletic training application.

    3. Identify potentially unethical professional practice using a systematic analysis technique.

    4. Locate and analyze state and federal laws as they pertain to the regulation of athletic training practice.

    5. Analyze case law as it pertains to athletic training situational legal interpretations.

    6. Prepare a risk management plan for an athletic training clinical facility.

    7. Prepare a risk management plan for an academic athletic training education program.

    8. Compare athletic training state practice acts to other comparable allied healthcare provisions.

    9. Define health care malpractice and options for liability coverage

    C. Major Topics

    Course topics will include professional association ethical standards and expectations, athletic training regulation and state practice acts, athletic training case law, and risk management for athletic trainers in various settings.

    D. Textbooks

    Professional Ethics in Athletic Training. Schlabach G and Peer K. Mosby Elsevier Publishing, St. Louis, 2008.

    ISBN-13: 978-0-323-04017-4

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Course readings will predominantly be from the class text as well as other online resources.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students will be expected to participate in discussions (60%) and complete a writing assignment (40%).

    Final course grade will be based on a percentage performance basis for the course using the following grading scale:

    Letter Grade Grade Quality Points

    A 93-100 4.00

    A- 90-92 3.67

    B+ 87-89 3.33

    B 83-86 3.00

    B- 80-82 2.67

    C+ 77-79 2.33

    C 73-76 2.00

    C- 70-72 1.67

    D+ 67-69 1.33

    D 63-66 1.00

    D- 60-62 0.67


    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Assignments will take the form of discussions via Blackboard and a writing assignment.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Ė Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Ė Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Students who anticipate that they will be unable to complete any aspect of this course due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide written notice to the instructor at least two weeks prior to the anticipated absence or conflict. Such requests will be honored with appropriate request and notification in a timely manner.

    All members of this course shall foster an environment that encourages adherence to the principles of honesty and integrity. All parties shall protect the integrity of academic materials including test materials, copyrighted documents, and all related course work.

    Students are expected to represent themselves honestly in all work submitted. The presence of a studentís name on any material submitted in completion of an assignment is considered to be an assurance that both the work and ideas are the result of the studentís own intellectual effort, and produced independently. Collaboration is not allowed unless specifically permitted by the instructors.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Medical Sciences, Athletic Training Concentration

  5. Course Concurrence Information


- if you have questions about any of these fields, please contact or