Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified Program

Be a leader in the evolution of healthcare ethics consulting

The Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) program is the first-ever certification program that identifies and assesses a national standard for the professional practice of clinical healthcare ethics consulting. Established by the HCEC Certification Commission, the HEC-C credential endorses your knowledge of key concepts in healthcare ethics and affirms your expertise, competence, and skillset.

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Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the HEC-C program and to sit for the exam, you will need:

  • a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree; and
  • 400 hours of healthcare ethics experience—related to the major domains of the content outline—within the previous 4 years.

Visit the eligibility page for detailed information on rationale and to see how your experience may fulfill eligibility.

Why should you get certified?

The HEC-C credential is a valuable asset to both practicing healthcare ethics consultants and those serving in leadership roles within their institutions' healthcare ethics initiatives. This much-anticipated certification program is the first of its kind that evaluates your knowledge and skills in assessing factual information about medical ethics concerns, analyzing the ethical questions at hand to resolve issues and conflicts, using consistent processes that adhere to healthcare ethics competencies, and evaluating the outcomes and implications of your consultations. 

Familiarize yourself with the HEC-C examination and the concepts you will be tested on through these sample questions. 

Important dates

Mark these dates in your calendar to take part in the upcoming testing administration in May 2019:

  • Application opens: December 3, 2018
  • Early application deadline: March 10, 2019
  • Final application deadline (with late fee): March 25, 2019
  • Test Administration Window: May 1-31, 2019

Want to be the first to know more information as it is released? Let us know how to contact you by completing the form below. Respondents will receive a summary of the Needs Assessment Survey and Role Delineation Study completed in 2017, which created the foundation of the certification program.

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