Graduate Certificate in Bioethics

Online Health Services Degree



This graduate-level certification offers a course of study for professionals who work in rehabilitative sciences, nursing, health-care practice, research, administration, or even litigation. Decisions that require a moral theory and an ethical code regularly arise in health care, our Christian foundations help us approach these issues carefully and comfortably. Concordia University Online classes prepare you to confidently face these daily questions with skill and consideration for the value inherent in every human life.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Skills to discern the differences between competing approaches to ethics and bioethics
  • Ability to demonstrate integrative thinking that goes beyond individual bioethical issues to deeper theological and philosophical questions
  • Experience in analyzing bioethical challenges in clinical practice and biotechnology, and the ability to relate them to theological and philosophical principles
  • Ability to evaluate the law as it applies to bioethical issues and cases
  • Confidence to devise organizational and governmental policies that address bioethical challenges

Career Outlook

  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Nursing Administrator

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Bioethics Graduate Certificate

Moral Reasoning and Bioethics (CCB 800) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore the theological, philosophical, and secular foundations that inform moral reasoning in bioethics. Emphasis will be placed on in-depth reading and discussion of primary theological texts, particularly those that underscore the biblical concept of the inherent value of each human being. Readings from ancient, medieval, and contemporary philosophers will provide an understanding of the many presuppositions in the field of bioethics. In addition, study of the groundbreaking work, The Principles of Biomedical Ethics by Tom Beauchamp and James Childress, will give students the necessary background to be conversant among their peers in ethics committees, governmental agencies, and the academia. This course will serve as a foundation for the rest of the certificate courses to follow.
Clinical Issues in Bioethics (CCB 820) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will focus on moral problems that arise in the day-to-day practice of health care professionals, administrators, and researchers, within the framework of existing institutions, social policies, and laws. It will include readings on controversial moral issues in clinical ethics and apply strategies of moral reasoning to selected cases. Topics include: informed consent, medical confidentiality, reproductive ethics, genetics technology, end-of-life dilemmas, multicultural ethics, and medical research issues.
Bioethics and Biotechnology (CCB 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course applies bioethical viewpoints and major ethical approaches to issues in biotechnology that are not normally involved in clinical practice. Those issues include, but are not limited to: informed consent in genetic modification, potential harm to humans and nonhuman animals, health resources used for human enhancement, performance-enhancing substances, genetic modification of agricultural products, stem cell research, human and animal cloning, the use of human embryos for research, and environmental issues.
Bioethics and the Law (CCB 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students will learn rudimentary legal research skills, the structure of the American legal system, and constitutional foundations of health care law as applied to some classical and contemporary legal issues which may include death and dying, transplantation, genetic and reproductive law, human subjects research, employee testing for drug use, whistleblower and Good Samaritan cases, and medical malpractice. The goal is to have this course team taught by an attorney specializing in health care law.
Policy Issues in Bioethics (CCB 880) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The state and national government’s role in developing and implementing health care policies will be studied and critiqued, such as surrogacy, transplantation, problems of financing health care, the allocation of health care resources, and health care reform. Students will also examine policy formation at the organizational level. A practicum will give students the opportunity to experience activities by a hospital ethics committee, an Institutional Review Board, and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, or another similar ethics committee. As a capstone project, students will practice writing new policies that fill a need or offer updated policies that make improvements to those already existing.

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