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Medical Ethics Consultation Certificate

The Medical Ethics Consultation Certificate
at Covenant College


As medical technology has advanced in recent years, treatment decisions have become increasingly difficult. Physicians, nurses, attorneys, social workers, accountants, and pastors are called upon to help families and individuals make hard choices.


Covenant’s Medical Ethics Consultation certificate prepares students majoring in a wide range of disciplines to serve effectively when medical decisions are needed. The program:

   develops biblical ethical principles

   considers legal and counseling best practices when working with individuals and groups (such as Ethics Committees)

   uses role-playing events to hone consultation skills

The program involves close cooperation between Covenant’s biology (pre-med), psychology, and philosophy professors and students, preparing graduates to serve as effective ethics consultants and educators as medical professionals, social workers, and church leaders.



Certificate Coursework

Students pursuing the Medical Ethics Consultation certificate may major in any discipline, and may use some of the courses in their major to fill out the certificate’s elective requirements. All students in the program will take the following courses:

  • Bioethics
  • Nutrition (or another biology course, with approval)
  • Lifespan Development (psychology)
  • Practicum in Medical Ethics Consultation
View the course catalog for details

Internships & Recent Work

Every student in the Medical Ethics Consultation program works directly with medical ethics professionals as part of their training. The program has a formal relationship with Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, one of the national leaders in ethics education and clinical practice. Every student sees the real world significance of their academic preparation for ethics consultation as part of a structured relationship with professional ethicists.

Recent Work by Program Participants

  • “Explaining the Ethical Basis for Hospital Policies for Allocating Ventilators during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • “Preparing Your Church to Understand How Ventilators Will be Allocated if Demand Exceeds Supply”

Outcomes & Opportunities

  • Enhancement to a medical school application
  • Qualification to serve as a volunteer on a hospital ethics committee with or without a medical degree
  • Biblical supplement to standard secular medical school ethics training
  • Preparation for pastoral care in medical crises beyond typical seminary education
  • Adds to qualifications to work as a contact tracer on COVID-19
  • Equipped to give confident advice to fellow church members facing difficult medical decisions
Knowing both God’s law and medical realities is crucial to offering sound ethical advice when medical choices must be made. Christians must be ready to help.
Dr. Bill Davis

Professor of Philosophy


Program Advisor

Dr. Bill Davis
Professor of Philosophy
Author, Departing in Peace: Biblical Decision-Making at the End of Life (Presbyterian & Reformed, 2017)
 Email Dr. Davis

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