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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation

Creighton University’s online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation will help you advance your skills in ethics consultation.

You prepare for national certification throughout the program—its curriculum aligns with the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) exam content areas. You’ll also 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 | Associate Director and Program Director, Graduate School

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 clinical ethics consultation. You can meet the need for professionals with strong ethical skills by earning this bioethics certificate.

Through rigorous coursework, you will learn to discern ethical problems in health care 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.

Program At A Glance

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

August 1

December 1

April 15


  • 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 Goals and Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation program is ideal for professionals in a variety of health care related fields who wish to become better equipped health care consultants. 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 & Health Care Ethics
  • Practical Ethics in Health Care Settings
  • Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care

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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 clinical ethics consultation certificate program with a robust interdisciplinary education.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation 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. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • 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 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.


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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 are seeking 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 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.

See the full course listing