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2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bioethics Certificate

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The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Bioethics is collaboratively offered by the Jefferson College of Health Sciences and Radford University and is designed for working health care and biomedical professionals, such as physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates and patient representatives, risk managers, hospital administrators, health care attorneys, and others. The goal of the educational program is to provide students with the ethical competency needed for ensuring patient safety, building community trust, and supporting best practices in the expanding fields of healthcare, medicine, and biomedical research.

Admissions Criteria:

Applicants will be required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (on a scale of 4) and at least a 3.0 in the student’s major.  There is no specific major requirement, but applicants with bachelor’s degree earned in disciplines outside the humanities, social sciences, human sciences, and health sciences may be required to demonstrate a readiness to do graduate work in bioethics.

In addition to their application for admittance (and application fee), applicants will be required to submit official transcripts, two letters of reference, current curriculum vitae or resume, and a personal statement concerning their interest in earning the bioethics certificate.

Additional Requirements:

First, each student must demonstrate competence in medical terminology. Criteria for doing so are set by the CFAC, but might be to obtain a certificate of participation for 1.75 contact hours from the Medical Terminology Course at http://www.dmu.edu/medterms/.  Second, the CFAC will assess each individual student’s clinical familiarity level. Physicians and/or nurses working in clinical hospital settings will need no further familiarity. Students working in other health-related professions may need to set up a program of documented hours in clinical settings to satisfy this requirement. There are a number of ways to do this, but each student must satisfy the CFAC they are familiar with clinical healthcare routines and environments.

Course Listing:


Dr. Carter Turner

Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Phone: 540-831-6445

Email: cturner5@radford.edu

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