Clinical Ethics Certificate Program

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Program Objectives

The Clinical Ethics Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program offers a graduate level educational opportunity for practicing professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others working in health care. Through both class work and practical experience, students will master the knowledge and skills needed for work in clinical ethics, including participation on ethics committees, clinical ethics consultation services, institutional and regional clinical ethics policy bodies such as organ allocation committees or brain death committees, support for institutional staff development programs in the student's professional fields, or simply being better prepared to meet the ethical challenges that arise in the workplace.

The curriculum fulfills the health care ethics core competencies established by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

Learning Environment

The Clinical Ethics Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program includes course work at the Center for Bioethics on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus, as well as mentored practical clinical ethics experience in health care settings in the Twin Cities metro area. Center for Bioethics faculty represent numerous disciplines and play a key role in ethics education in the schools and colleges of the Academic Health Center. The Center has a master’s program and graduate minor in Bioethics and students in the MA program, minor, and certificate program share courses. This overlap will enrich the educational experience of all three groups of students.

The Center for Bioethics is recognized as a leader in clinical ethics and has a long history of helping to develop ethics committees in community hospitals throughout the state. Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN, Center for Bioethics faculty member, is the Director of University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Fairview, Ethics Consultation Service and a tri-chair of UMMC Ethics Committee. Additionally, she serves on the ethics committee of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Other Center faculty members support and serve on the Ethics Consultation Service.

Course Requirements 

All students will be required to complete the following courses for a total of 13 credits minimum: 

  • BTHX 5100: Introduction to Clinical Ethics (3 cr) 
  • BTHX 5120: Dying in Contemporary Medical Culture (2 cr) 
  • BTHX 5110: Ethical Issues in Pediatrics (2 cr) 
  • BTHX 8100: Advanced Theory and Practice of Clinical Ethics (2 cr) 
  • BTHX 8500: Practicum in Bioethics (min 2 cr) 
    • The practicum must be taken twice for a total of 4 credits minimum 
    • The practicum will include a capstone project requirement