Clnincal Ethics Consultation (Graduate Certificate)

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Advance your skills in health care ethics consultation.

Many concerns have been raised about the quality of health care ethics consultation (HCEC) in the United States in recent years. HCEC practices vary widely across providers, and many practitioners have little formal training or education in ethics consultation.1

Creighton University’s online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics Consultation will help you advance your skills in ethics consultation and prepare you for national certification.

This program’s curriculum aligns with the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) exam content areas. You’ll gain hands-on experience in ethical assessment, analysis, process and evaluation. You’ll also learn to:

  • Discern ethical problems in health care practices, systems, policies, and laws
  • Apply ethical principles, norms, and theories when presented with an ethical concern
  • Provide justification for a particular response or course of action in a persuasive mannerEducate others about ethical issues in health care
  • Facilitate open discussion among multiple stakeholders in ethically complex situations

1Source: AMA Journal of Ethics® - May 2016

Join a network of health care professionals with a passion for clinical ethics.

Creighton’s Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics Consultation attracts highly accomplished practitioners from various backgrounds and experiences in health care and beyond. As a student in this program, you’ll interact with fellow students nationwide who are:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Chaplains
  • Lawyers
  • Hospice workers
  • Hospital administrators
  • Lab technicians
  • Medical researchers
  • Pharmaceutical representatives
  • Social workers

Complete your certificate fully online in about a year.

This one-of-a-kind certificate program is available fully online and can be completed in about one year. There is no on-campus residency requirement.

Credits in this certificate program can be applied toward Creighton’s Master of Science in Health Care Ethics if you wish to go on to pursue a master’s degree.

What You'll Learn

  • Discern the ethical problems, ambiguities, controversies, and assumptions in health care practices, systems, policies, and laws.
  • When presented with an issue of ethical concern, apply ethical principles, norms, and theories; provide justification for a particular response or course of action in a persuasive manner; anticipate counter arguments; and offer suitable rebuttals.
  • Educate others about ethical issues in health care.
  • Facilitate open discussion among multiple stakeholders in ethically complex situations.
  • Reflect on one’s relevant experiences, values, and intuitions and how these might influence one’s approach to ethics consultations.


The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics Consultation program consists of 15 credit hours, including:

  • Patient-Centered Ethics Consultation
  • Scholarly Reading & Writing
  • Law & Health Care Ethics
  • Practical Ethics in Health Care Settings
  • Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care



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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Use school code 6121 for this program. This program may also accept other test scores in lieu of a GRE score. Contact gradschool [at] creighton [dot] edu for more information.


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International Applicants

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Provisional Admission

If you cannot provide a GRE score or proof of success in graduate-level coursework, you may be granted provisional admission. You must earn at least a B or higher in the first six credits of the program in order to gain full admission and continue in the program.

Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.

Learn more:


For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Important Dates & Deadlines

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Master’s Degree and Certificate Options

Master of Science in Health Care Ethics – 33 credit hours
Navigate complex ethical issues in healthcare, improve your critical thinking and decision-making, and learn to best serve patients and families through this online master’s degree program.

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics – 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.

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