Clinical Ethics Consultation (Graduate Certificate)
Creighton University’s online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation will help you advance your skills in ethics consultation.
The School of Medicine will provide foundational knowledge, through graduate level coursework, to clinicians and healthcare professionals who are interested in advancing their skills related to clinical consultation and ethics committees. You’ll gain hands-on experience in ethical assessment, analysis, process and evaluation.
“The Graduate School at Creighton places high value on interdisciplinary work. The clinical ethics consultation program encourages students to work across professions and be innovative and agile.”
—Sarah Lux, PhD | Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities
More than 80% of the hospitals in the United States have a service that addresses ethical issues or are involved in active clinical cases. Healthcare ethics consultation requires particular knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Although a multitude of different disciplines are represented among those who perform healthcare ethics consultations, many of these healthcare ethics consultants lack education and the opportunity to practice the process and interpersonal skills required. Creighton’s Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation will help you become a professional with strong ethical skills, meeting the needs of the industry.
Through rigorous coursework, you will learn to discern ethical problems in healthcare practices, systems, policies, and laws and apply ethical principles, norms, and theories when presented with an ethical concern. You’ll also prepare to educate others about ethics in medicine and facilitate open discussion among multiple stakeholders in ethically complex situations.
As you complete your coursework, you’ll have the support of expert faculty and peers from a wide range of professions—including physicians, nurses, chaplains, lawyers, hospice workers, hospital administrators, lab technicians, medical researchers, social workers and more.
A program tailored to your career goals and lifestyle
We know that graduate school is a huge investment of your time and money, so we make sure that your investment is a smart one—and one that you can fit in your busy schedule. This 15-credit program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed fully online in about a year.
Sarah Lux, PhD | Associate Director and Program Director, Graduate School
“Our graduates leave our program with a large toolbox of different approaches that enable them to talk to colleagues, patients and clients about healthcare ethics and issues.”
Program Goals and Curriculum
The certificate in healthcare ethics consultation is designed to meet the needs of full-time, working adults in healthcare who want to focus on knowledge, process and interpersonal skills related to ethics consultation. The program takes about a year to complete.
To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 credits:
- Patient-Centered Ethics Consultation
- Scholarly Reading & Writing
- Law & Healthcare Ethics
- Practical Ethics in Healthcare Settings
- Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care
Our faculty come from backgrounds in business, health, education, law, and the arts and sciences. Together, their experiences and expertise provide students in the clinical ethics consultation certificate program with a robust interdisciplinary education.
Master's and Certificate Options
Creighton University offers graduate certificates in health for students who wish to deepen expand their healthcare knowledge without committing to a full master’s degree program. Options include:
Master of Science in Bioethics
This program is designed for students who are seeking a deeper understanding of the impact of relevant cultural, philosophical, political, and legal issues in healthcare practices and policies, especially regarding their impact on vulnerable populations.
Graduate Certificate in Bioethics – 15 credit hours
This 15-credit online graduate certificate is highly customizable to your interests and career goals. You’ll take a required Scholarly Reading & Writing class, and four electives of your choice.
To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation program, applicants must:
- Complete an application
- Include an updated curriculum vitae or resume
- Provide an official transcript from the institution that granted the Bachelor’s degree. Read more about sending transcripts
- Submit a personal statement of interest in the graduate certificate
A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.
International students are welcomed into this program so long as they complete it from their country of residence, as F-1 visas will not be issued.
International applicants must:
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.
Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.
Dates and Deadlines
The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.
START CLASSES IN