The curriculum includes three distance-learning courses (12 credit hours) and a one-week CME course, the Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics. Courses are designed to develop clinical ethics and ethical reasoning skills. Training can be completed in one academic year, plus the one-week Summer Seminar. Each distance learning course is 10 weeks. Each course requires several hours of online instruction and several hours of independent preparation and study/week.
Our online courses are flexible:
Courses are asynchronous, meaning the class does not “meet” in real time. Weekly online coursework can be completed when it's convenient for you.
You can complete the assigned material any time during the week, according to your schedule. On rare occasions, we may try to have everyone online at the same time. If/when this happens we will work with students to find a time that works with everyone’s schedules.
You may take just one or two one of the online courses if you do not want to complete the full program. Please fill out the application form and indicate which course you want to take and why. Upon admission, pay non-refundable application fee & tuition.
You may take online courses over a period of several years, if that works better for you. Likewise Summer Seminar can be taken before or after the online coursework, even a year or two later if that works best for you.
To see if you’d like to purse ATHE, you are invited to take the Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics in Seattle. Reserve a spot at www.uwcme.org. Registration opens annually in the spring.
AUTUMN Course in Healthcare Ethics (equivalent of 4 credit hours; $1,000/credit hour)
This course studies important historical theoretical frameworks that are the foundation of modern medical ethics, as well as contemporary commentary. September – December.
Instructor: Nancy Jecker, PhD
Tuition due September 10 each year. We will send a link to the course website upon payment of tuition and no later than 1 week prior to the first day of class.
WINTER Course in Healthcare Ethics (equivalent of 4 credit hours; $1,000/credit hour)
This course examines the relationship between bioethics and law. Analysis of paradigm legal and ethics cases and statutes related to informed consent, foregoing life support, confidentiality, and allocation of health care resources. January – March.
Instructors: Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, and Patricia Kuszler, MD, JD
Tuition due January 1 each year. We will send a link to the course website upon payment of tuition and no later than 1 week prior to the first day of class.
SPRING Course in Healthcare Ethics (equivalent of 4 credit hours; $1,000/credit hour)
This course offers case-based practice in clinical ethics including methods of ethical analysis and writing ethics consultation chart notes. March – June.
Instructor: Georgina Campelia, PhD
Tuition due March 1 each year. We will send a link to the course website upon payment of tuition and no later than 1 week prior to the first day of class.
SUMMER SEMINAR in AUGUST (30+ Continuing Education credits; approx. $1000)
The Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics is a one-week in-person course held annually at the University of Washington in Seattle. The seminar provides an intensive, interactive introduction to the analysis of ethical problems in clinical care. This is a CME course and is not eligible for tuition exemption. For more information on CME credits, please visit www.uwcme.org.