Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics
Tools for making ethical decisions in health and aged care
Think, judge, and respond based on clear ethical principles. From a Catholic perspective, you’ll explore key theoretical frameworks in ethics. Take a close look at ethical challenges raised in digital healthcare. Practice healthcare with integrity.
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Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics is to provide healthcare practitioners with a broad set of perspectives for reflecting on the situation of people who present for healthcare treatment and support, and the very broad range of ethical matters arising that need to be taken into account in providing these services. As such, it provides clinicians and healthcare administrators with an enriched set of perspectives for analysing the complex contemporary contexts within which they work, and tools for making ethical judgements.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
- analyse major metaethical issues, and apply them to key principles of several major approaches to normative ethics, taking account of a variety of approaches, including Catholic perspectives;
- critically analyse and evaluate some of the most significant human contexts that inform the needs of presenting patients.
- analyse ethically challenging situations in healthcare practice, and apply normative principles in a critical and deliberative manner;
- engage in reasoned and evidence-informed debate on the ethical issues implicit in, and arising from, their professional contexts.
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics, an applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline and be either:
- a graduate with up to three years' professional experience in business or health care (eg doctors, nurse managers, nurses, mission directors, health care administrators, psychologists, counsellors, social workers, members of ethics committees); or
- a healthcare professional with five or more years relevant experience; or
- a senior healthcare professional nominated by his or her employer to undertake the course.
English Proficiency Requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5 Individual score of 6.0 in all tests.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) - 58 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills
Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL) - Internet based total of 79: minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in reading and 12 in listening
ACU English Language Test - B (65-74%)
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) - Overall CAE of 176. Minimum individual score of 169 in all tests.
If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. Speak to your course consultant for more information or to discuss your eligibility.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics will introduce you to the study of ethics, and a range of ethical issues in the provision of health care services in a Catholic context.
Designed for leaders and educators working in health and aged care, you’ll graduate with the skills to engage in reasoned and well-informed debate on the ethical issues implicit in and arising from your professional work.
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 40 cp from the specified units within the schedule of subject offerings.