Healthcare Ethics Certification Program and Examination Information

Program Components

The HEC-C Program was designed to adhere to the standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA sets standards and accredits certification programs to ensure that they meet the established standards for structure and governance; characteristics of the certification program; and information that must be accessible to applicants, certificants, and the public. The HEC-C program will be eligible for NCCA accreditation and will apply after one year of program administration.

Successful HEC-C program participants achieve certification by demonstrating eligibility and earning a passing score on the HEC-C examination. The certification examination is administered in English and consists of 110 multiple choice questions—some of which are scenario-based. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination.

Examination Development

The development of a valid, written multiple-choice examination for the HEC-C program began with a clear and concise definition of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for competent job performance. The HCEC Certification Commission worked with healthcare ethics consultants to delineate critical job components using interviews, surveys, observation, and group discussions. The knowledge and skill bases for the questions on the HEC-C examination were derived from the actual practice of healthcare ethics consultants as outlined in the ASBH 2017 Role Delineation Study.

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