Online Bioethics Graduate Certificate Offers Accessibility for Professionals

Graduate Certificate in Bioethics

Cedarville University has announced a fully online graduate certificate program in bioethics. Artwork credit: Joshua Redmond/Cedarville University

by Public Relations

April 19, 2013

Cedarville University announced the launch of a fully online graduate certificate in bioethics program set to begin this fall.

The graduate certificate provides supplemental training in bioethics to college graduates just starting out or already engaged in professional work or postgraduate training.

At a cost of $536 per credit hour, the certificate program offers busy health care professionals, social workers, counselors and even pastors a more accessible alternative to lengthy and expensive graduate programs. In addition, an academic background in science is not required, making the program feasible for professionals from a variety of industries.  

According to Dennis Sullivan, M.D., director of the Cedarville University Center for Bioethics, the program will prepare professionals to navigate a pluralistic marketplace laden with ethical dilemmas.

“In a secular pluralistic culture, it’s common for Christian voices to be marginalized. This program teaches normative ethics, giving Christian professionals the tools to enter the marketplace and engage the world,” Sullivan said. “We can be engaged in the marketplace without sacrificing our Christian commitments. This perspective has largely been lacking in the public square, and a nuanced knowledge of bioethics can be helpful in defending the sanctity of human life.”

The 10-credit certificate program is divided into eight-week terms and is designed for part-time completion in one year. The program concludes with a capstone course requiring students to practice the principles developed in the preceding courses, which also prepares students for further study in graduate programs.

For more information, visit the bioethics graduate certificate program website.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.