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Graduate Certificate in Bioethics

Creighton University’s online Graduate Certificate in Bioethics provides professionals with a comprehensive introduction to bioethics.

Through this bioethics certificate program, you’ll gain the expertise and confidence you need to face moral dilemmas in health care head on. You’ll have the necessary tools to discuss complex issues about ethics in medicine and health care policy. 

“Our graduates leave our program with a large toolbox of different approaches that enable them to talk to colleagues, patients and clients about health care ethics and issues.”

— Sarah Lux, PhD | Associate Director and Program Director, Graduate School

Ethical controversies in health care are broad and complex, including issues such as end-of-life care, pain and suffering, research ethics, and disparities in health care access. You can meet the growing need for professionals with strong ethical skills by earning a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics.

Through rigorous coursework, your thinking, writing, and decision-making will improve. You will also learn to consider legal, ethical, and social implications to best serve patients and families. 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.

The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics program is highly customizable, allowing you to choose from a variety of bioethics topics. You’ll take a required Scholarly Reading & Writing class, and then select four electives based on your personal interests and career goals. The bioethics program is housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, which means you’ll have a wide variety of subject areas to pursue, all of which are taught by expert faculty.

Program At A Glance

Graduate Certificate in Bioethics

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

FOR AUGUST ENROLLMENT
August 1

FOR JANUARY ENROLLMENT
December 1

FOR May ENROLLMENT
April 15

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Health Care Bioethics Essay
  • GRE score (use school code 6121)
  • Application
  • $50 application fee

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program Goals and Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics program is ideal for professionals in a variety of health care related fields who wish to become better equipped to navigate critical and complex conversations about clinical ethics and health care policy. The highly interdisciplinary program takes about a year to complete, and coursework can be applied to a Master of Science in Bioethics if you wish to continue your education.

To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 credits:

  • Core Course: Scholarly Reading and Writing
  • Electives (Choose Four):
    • Health Policy
    • Research Ethics
    • Law and Health Care Ethics
    • Social and Cultural Contexts of Health Care
    • Philosophical Bioethics
    • Theories of Justice
    • Practical Ethics in Health Care Settings
    • Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care
    • Rescue and Transplantation: Manifestations of Scarcity and Power in U.S. Health Care
    • Public Health Ethics
    • Catholic Bioethics
    • Oral Health Care at the Intersection of Professional and Business Ethics
    • Independent Study in Health Care Ethics

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Our faculty within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies come from backgrounds in business, health, education, law, and the arts and sciences. Together, their experiences and expertise provide students in the bioethics certificate program with a robust interdisciplinary education.

Meet the department faculty

Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Bioethics program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application & submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit a Health Care Bioethics Essay (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Provide a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score—use code 6121 for this program

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

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 and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
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.

Learn more about funding your education

Still have questions? Email or call a financial aid specialist at 402.280.2731. Want to talk to someone in person? Stop by the Office of Financial Aid in Suite 1100 in the Harper Center (602 N 20th St, Omaha, NE 68102).

Dates & 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.

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April 15

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MASTER’S AND CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

Creighton University offers graduate certificates in health for students who wish to deepen expand their health care knowledge without committing to a full master’s degree program. Options include

Master of Science in Bioethics
This program is designed for students who seek a deeper understanding of the impact of relevant cultural, philosophical, political, and legal issues in health care practices and policies, especially regarding their impact on vulnerable populations.

See the full course listing

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation 
Gain hands-on experience in ethical assessment, analysis, process, and evaluation—and prepare for the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified exam—in this 15-credit, online certificate program.

See the full course listing