Graduate Certificate in Bioethics

The bioethics certificate program, developed by the Concordia Center for Bioethics under the auspices of the Department of Theology and Philosophy, offers a course of study designed for persons involved in rehabilitative sciences, nursing, health care practice, research, administration, or litigation.  Earning the Certificate will be especially useful to those who often face ethical questions that inevitably arise in the health care setting.  This certificate will testify that its holder has completed an intensive program of graduate study in moral theory, decision-making procedures in ethics, and the current literature of bioethics.  It will also indicate that its holder has gained experience in the practical application of moral principles, ethical theory, and the law to issues involving biology and health care.  This certificate can be earned in conjunction with a master’s or doctoral degree at CUW or as a standalone graduate certificate.  The Certificate Program incorporates into its design as much flexibility as possible so that students from anywhere in the country may enroll.  Most of the required courses will be offered online.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a biblical understanding of the world that includes truth, vocation, ethical principles, and servant leadership (University-Wide LO, Prolog).
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply the theoretical, methodological, ethical, and practical foundations of bioethics (University-Wide LO, Disciplinary Thinking).
  • Grow in their relationship with Christ and will put his teachings into practice in their vocations (Departmental LO 4).
  • Observe, assess, and interpret today’s cultures and worldviews.  Students will be familiar with various methods of delivering and defending biblical truth in a relevant and practical way to diverse groups (Departmental LO 5).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research skills in bioethics (Departmental LO 6).
  • Learn a variety of ethical theories and use them in practical problem solving (Departmental LO 8).

Graduate Certificate Goals

  • Discern the differences between competing approaches to ethics and bioethics.
  • Demonstrate integrative thinking that sees beyond individual bioethical issues to deeper theological and philosophical questions. 
  • Analyze bioethical challenges in clinical practice and biotechnology and relate them to theological and philosophical principles.
  • Evaluate the law as it applies to bioethical issues and cases.
  • Devise organizational and governmental policies that address bioethical challenges.

Assessment Plan

Artifacts from each of the five required courses will be assessed in a systematic manner to ensure that University, Departmental, and Certificate Program learning outcomes are being achieved.  Artifacts may include examinations, major course essays, projects, or discussion post scores.  Minimum outcome standards will be established by the Program Director, with approval from the Department Chair.  An annual program assessment report will be made to the Department.