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.

I want to earn the HEC-C!

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Content Outline Renewal Requirements
HEC-C Study Resources Exam Information
Sample Questions List of HEC-Cs


Now you can take the HEC-C exam virtually

In response to the CDC's social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the HCEC Certification Commission has partnered with Examity and Scantron to support live remote testing for the HEC-C exam. Learn how live remote testing works and whether taking the HEC-C exam at home makes sense for you.

Earn the HEC-C credential virtually


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.

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. 

Important dates

The next opportunity to take the HEC-C exam is November 1–30, 2020. The application will be available June 3, 2020. If you plan to take the HEC-C exam in the upcoming testing window, submit your application by September 10, 2020, to avoid the $100 late fee. The application for the November 2020 exam closes on September 25, 2020.

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.