Join the NCBC and Father Tad for a 1 Year Program of Studies
in Catholic Bioethics
A 60 Second Introduction to the
NCBC Certification Program:
The National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics provides 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. See the 2021-2022 NCBC Brochure for details.
The objectives of The National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics include the training of those engaged in 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:
• Understand how the inherent dignity of the human person serves as the objective basis for the Church's moral tradition in health care.
• State the Church's moral teaching as expressed in The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services to resolve complex dilemmas encountered in clinical education, practice and research.
• Identify some of the resources available to health care workers and others involved in the health care ministry which provide guidance for the resolution of bioethical issues.
Structure of the Program:
This course is designed for the busy professional, and is patterned on a web-based distance learning model. Participants must attend a two-day seminar held in the fall in either Philadelphia, Bismarck and/or other cities determined each year. Students then interact independently with Father Tad 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. The program culminates with a required intensive Case Studies Day at the NCBC offices in Philadelphia.
Who Can Benefit from the Program?
The Certification Program is designed for Church leaders, health care workers, those in the life sciences and ethics committee members, as well as others interested in understanding and advancing the Church’s moral tradition. This includes professionals and specialists from centers for biomedical and biological research, universities, and government institutions involved in the shaping of public policy. Additionally, lawyers, pro-life leaders, hospital administrators, and Catholic high school teachers in science and religion have found the program to be of great benefit. Graduates of the NCBC Certification Program give high praise for the Program. Some have said it: “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.”
Please see the registration page for the Certification Program for further specifics and information.
Graduate Credit Opportunities
— Holy Apostles College and Seminary
Participants may enroll for 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 Arts Degree in Theology with a concentration in Bioethics. Please visit the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center page at the Holy Apostles website for additional information and requirements.
— University of Mary
Participants may enroll for 10 graduate credits through the University of Mary, a private Catholic university based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Credits earned may be applied toward the University's Master of Science Degree in Bioethics. Please visit the website of the University of Mary for additional information and requirements.
— St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry
Through St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, an accredited graduate school that forms and educates men and women from the heart of the Church, participants can receive a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Catholic Bioethics after the completion of the NCBC Certification program and two graduate courses at St. Bernard’s. Visit the Graduate Certificate in Catholic Bioethics webpage for more information!.
A Detailed Explanation (8 min) of
the Certification Program: