Bioethics Graduate Certificate

105 Mackay Science Building
(775) 327-2309

The graduate certificate in Bioethics provides an opportunity for graduate students and working professionals in the health care fields to gain knowledge and skills in the specialized area of bioethics. The program seeks to teach students the core competencies called for by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. These objectives include (1) ethical assessment skills, (2) process skills, and (3) interpersonal skills. This program provides a specialization that can be productively used to enhance one's current career or to supplement work in another degree. Courses are offered in evenings, weekends, intensive, and web-based classes in addition to traditional courses. Students must have a B (3.0) or better average in each course to earn the certificate and all course work must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.

Admissions Requirements

Students not enrolled in a graduate degree program must complete a graduate special application and notify Health Care Ethics of their intent to complete the certificate program. Students must be admitted to both the Certificate Program and the Graduate School. Students already enrolled in a graduate program must be graduate students in good standing and apply to the certificate program through Health Care Ethics. In both cases, students must send to HCE two letters of recommendation, transcripts, a two-page statement of purpose, and a writing sample. Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA.

Certificate Requirements

A total of 14 graduate credits are required. Students must complete the 8 credit core as well as 6 credits in elective classes.

  1. Required Core Courses:
      1. HCE 701--Foundations in Bioethics (3 credits)
      2. HCE 702--Legal and Ethical Issues in Bioethics (3 credits)
      3. HCE 780--Clinical Ethics (2 credits)

Elective Requirements

Students must take 6 credits in elective courses. The program has a list of suggested courses in HCE, HDFS, HE, and PHIL, which satisfy certificate requirement. Students may petition other relevant courses to also count towards the certificate. Electives should be chosen with the assistance of the student's advisor.

For more information, contact Health Care Ethics at (775) 784- 1252, or stop by Mackay Science Building, room 105 or visit

  Skip Navigation Links.