Bioethics Certificate

The bioethics certificate program, developed by the Concordia Center for Bioethics under the auspices of the Departments of Theology and Philosophy, offers a course of study designed for persons involved in rehabilitative sciences, nursing, health care practice, research, administration, pastoral ministry, or litigation.

Earning the Certificate will be especially useful for 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, theological principles, ethical decision making, 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, theology, 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. The program’s schedule is self-paced, with all of the courses offered online.

Program Mission

The academic program of the Concordia Center for Bioethics (CCB) applies Christ-centered thought to issues involving biology and health care. Students in CCB courses will analyze and apply ethical principles grounded in a biblical understanding of the world and informed by contemporary scholarship.


Total credit hours: 12

Prerequisites: a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above

Transfer credits: case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of two courses

Grade requirements: B (3.00) average or higher in certificate courses

Required Courses
CCB 500Moral Reasoning & Bioethics3
CCB 520Clinical Issues in Bioethics3
CCB 540Bioethics & Biotechnology3
CCB 560Bioethics and the Law3
Total Hours12