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Graduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 
Graduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Study in Bioethics, Graduate Certificate

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Allyson Robichaud, Certificate Program Coordinator


The Philosophy Department offers a course of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study in Bioethics. The certificate program is designed primarily for individuals involved in health care practice, research, or administration, for whom questions of ethics arise on a daily basis. The curriculum provides grounding in the essentials of bioethical reasoning and practice for nurses, physicians, social workers, researchers, hospital administrators and other health care professionals.

Faculty Research

Professor Sonya Charles joined the faculty in 2007. She specializes in women’s reproductive health issues and has published articles on assisted reproductive technology and illegal drug use during pregnancy. Professor Emeritus Joseph DeMarco (currently teaching), is the author of Moral Theory and numerous articles on ethics and bioethics… Professor Emeritus Samuel Richmond (currently teaching) is the author of articles on ethics, theories of justice, philosophy of law, and social work practice. Professor Allyson Robichaud completed a bioethics fellowship at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She has published on the role of emotion in the clinical setting and on issues concerning care of the aged.

Admission Information

Degree-seeking graduate students who hold Regular admission status may be admitted to the certificate program. Those wishing only to earn the certificate may do so and can indicate this on their application form. The applicant must meet the graduate certificate admission requirements  detailed in the Admissions section of this Catalog. Credits earned for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study in Bioethics may apply toward a graduate degree as approved by the student’s graduate program director and in keeping with the policies of the College of Graduate Studies. With program permission, non-degree graduate students may enroll in the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students must be admitted to the certificate program in order to earn the certificate.

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For further information, contact:
The Department of Philosophy
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue Rhodes Tower 1932
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: (216) 687-3900 Fax: (216) 523-7422

Certificate Requirements

Individuals who successfully complete twelve credits in bioethics at the graduate level, including PHL 540 - Moral Reasoning & Bioethics , each with a grade of B or better, are eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study in Bioethics. The certificate testifies that its holder has completed an intensive course of graduate study in moral theory, decision-making procedures in bioethics, the current literature of bioethics, and the practical application of moral principles and rules to cases in clinical practice, decision-making, and law. Bioethics courses are numbered PHL 540  to PHL 546 . All of the courses are offered in a Web-based format.

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