Bioethics FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Center for Bioethics & Clinical Leadership?

A: The Center for Bioethics & Clinical Leadership of Clarkson University is home to a series of interrelated graduate programs that prepare professionals for leadership roles in healthcare-related fields.Q: What programs are offered through the Center for Bioethics & Clinical Leadership?

A: The Center offers the following programs:

  • MS in Bioethics: Specialization in Clinical Ethics
  • MS in Bioethics: Specialization in Research Ethics
  • MS in Bioethics: Specialization in Bioethics Policy
  • Certificates in Bioethics
  • MS in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management 
  • 8-year Leadership in Medicine Program

Q: What is Bioethics? 

A: Bioethics is sometimes used interchangeably with “medical ethics” and “biomedical ethics”; however, it is frequently used to indicate a new form of ethics that emerged in the 1970s as a critique of traditional medical ethics. Around this period traditional medical ethics came to be seen as limited in a variety of ways. It dealt with ethical issues in only one of the health professions, medicine (doctoring), and was thus inadequate to provide ethical guidance for the teams of allied health professionals-the administrators, nurses and therapists-who increasing had become pivotal to medical decision-making in intensive care units and other technology driven areas of hospitals. The scope of traditional medical ethics also failed to encompass biomedical scientists, even as research, scandals jeopardized the moral integrity of the research enterprise, threatening to alienate public support and public funds. Finally, and most importantly given the spirit of the times as the professional ethics of doctors, traditional medical ethics accorded no legitimate place for the voices of other health professionals, or patients, or the public, or research subjects and it certainly did not accommodate the views of the lawyers, philosophers, and theologians who were about to join with administrators and clinicians to form the new multidisciplinary field of bioethics.Q: How can I find out more about Bioethics?

A: Bioethics is an ever-changing area of study and it is easy to find information and stay current using the internet. There are many very useful sites available to everyone. We suggest:

Q: What percentage of Center for Bioethics, Master’s Program matriculated students complete the program?


Incoming Class Year Retention Rate
2007 67%
2008 67%
2009 69%
2010 75%
2011 90%
2012 100%
(actively in classes + graduated students)/ total matriculated students for that year)