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Medical Ethics is Huge: Biomedical Ethics Certificates at ISU

Dean Kandi Turley Ames talks to Professor of Philosophy, Ralph Baergen, and student GioVanna Geller about the undergraduate and graduate Biomedical Ethics Certificates.

Kandi and Ralph discuss how determinations were made in what would be included in the certificates curriculum, the benefits to students, and the need for education in ethics for healthcare professionals.

GioVanna Gelller, a nursing student who has finished her Medical Ethics Undergraduate Certificate talks about how interesting and helpful her medical ethics courses have been, and how having a medical ethics educational background will help her as she works with patients.

A certificate in biomedical ethics prepares healthcare professionals to respond to ethical issues in the field and understand the constraints upon patients' choices, clinicians' actions, and implications for others who are not directly involved.

The Department of English and Philosophy offers both undergraduate and graduatecertificates in biomedical ethics which can be achieved through online-only coursework.

“I want to help make life better for people, and I think by having information and knowledge in ethics I have a different perspective. Perspective opens you up to seeing things differently and we all have different needs.” -GioVanna Geller

For more information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at 208-282-2478. Click herefor information about the certificates, or contact Ralph Baergen directly at 208-282-3371,

Kandi Turley-Ames began her journey at Idaho State University by graduating from ISU with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1990 and a Master of Science in Psychology in 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Washington State University in 1996. She is a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Service for women in higher education administration. Her academic area of expertise includes memory and cognition. She has published numerous papers with colleagues and students on how strategies impact memory and higher cognitive abilities.