Healthcare Ethics Consultation Certification

Be a leader in the evolution of clinical healthcare ethics consulting

The Healthcare Ethics Consultation (HCEC) certification 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 validates your knowledge of key concepts in healthcare ethics and affirms your expertise, competence, and skillset

Who is eligible?

Physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other clinicians who have earned a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and provided at least 400 hours of clinical ethics experience, related to the major domain areas of the HCEC certification content outline, within the past 4 years are eligible to sit for the certification examination. Those who demonstrate the requisite practice experience and pass the certification examination will achieve the HEC-C (Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certified) credential.

The HEC-C differs from existing certificate and degree-granting healthcare ethics programs because it validates your practice experience and assesses your core knowledge and skill in clinical healthcare ethics consulting separate from a predefined course or curriculum. Practicing HECs may be eligible to become certified even in the absence of a certificate or academic coursework.

Why should you get certified?

This much-anticipated certification program validates 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. Read the detailed HEC-C certification examination content outline and core references to learn more about the examination content.

Validate your core knowledge

Using thorough and standardized evaluation criteria, the HEC-C credential is a credible endorsement of your core knowledge and skills in clinical healthcare ethics consulting. The certification process is led by an expert commission of HECs and aims to further legitimize the essential work you do.

Set yourself apart

The HEC-C credential affirms your role as an essential patient care provider with unique experience and acquired skill at addressing ethical issues for your patients and their families.

Be a driving force for progress and patient advocacy

Your patients and their families, as well as your colleagues, rely on your expertise to resolve difficult ethical concerns that arise during treatment. The HEC-C certification recognizes your specialist experience in patient and family advocacy by emphasizing high standards of practice within your institution and in the healthcare ethics consulting field.

What’s next?

Stay tuned for more information on the HEC-C certification program. In the meantime, mark your calendar for these important dates:

    • Application cycle opens—June 10, 2018
    • Early-bird application deadline—September 10, 2018
    • Final application deadline—September 25, 2018
    • Testing window—November 1–30, 2018