National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics

Up to 9 graduate credits available

Download the 2014-2015 brochure (pdf)

Download the 2014-2015 registration form (word)

The National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics has been developed at the request of many bishops and administrators of health care facilities to provide a credible and systematic formation so that dioceses, hospitals and ethics committees will have advisors better qualified to apply the Catholic moral tradition to challenging contemporary issues in health care. The part-time, year-long program combines a theoretical component with a practically oriented component based on case studies.

Objectives: The objective of The National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics is to train those engaged in the health care ministry, and other interested individuals, to effectively represent the Church's moral teaching in their various institutions as it is summarized in The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

Upon completion of the one-year program, students will be able to:

-   Articulate the Church's understanding of the inherent dignity of the human person as the objective basis for the Church's moral tradition in health care.

-   Apply the Church's moral teaching as expressed in The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services to the resolution of complex bioethical dilemmas encountered in clinical education, practice and research.

-   Identify resources available to health care workers and others involved in the health care ministry which provide guidance for the resolution of bioethical issues.

Web-Based Distance Learning Program: This course is designed for the busy professional. Participants must attend an initial two-day seminar held in the fall in either Philadelphia or New Orleans (click the city name for the respective schedules). Students then interact independently with an instructor through a series of four learning modules over the course of the one-year program of study. Modules are completed through weekly assignments which include readings and an assessment of each student's theoretical understanding and ability to make practical application of the module content. Students are also given the opportunity to interact  with their instructor, NCBC ethicists, and peers through a series of teleconferences and through an online discussion group. The program will culminate with a required intensive one-day seminar of case studies at the NCBC offices in Philadelphia on May 2, 2015.

Who Will Benefit From the Program?
The National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics was primarily designed for Church leaders, health care workers, those in the life sciences and ethics committee members. However, others interested in understanding and advancing the Church’s moral tradition, including professionals and specialists from a wide range of venues, including centers for biomedical and biological research, universities, legal, and government institutions involved in the shaping of public policy are among those likely to benefit. Additionally, Catholic high school teachers in science and religion have found the program to be a great benefit.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education Credit Opportunities for the required seminar are available for chaplains and doctors; also:

This Continuing Nursing Education Activity was approved by the Connecticut Nurses' Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Attendees give high praise for NCBC offerings: “provided me an in-depth understanding of the sound theological and scientific basis of Catholic bioethics;” and  “prepared me to deliver timely lectures and answer the many questions I receive in the classes I teach.” 

Graduate Credit

Participants may enroll for up to 9 graduate credits through Holy Apostles College & Seminary, a fully accredited, co-ed Catholic undergraduate and graduate institution offering affordable educational programs true to the magisterium. The credits earned through dual-enrollment may be applied towards a Master of Theology degree with a concentration in bioethics from Holy Apostles. Please visit the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center page at the Holy Apostles website for additional information and requirements.