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By participating in this online distance education course, you will be exposed to instruction and materials focused on the issues germane to patient rights. Online discussion with professionals throughout the country will help you apply concepts learned to your personal practice. The course consists of five lessons, each of which should take about two hours of time to complete.


1. Basic philosophical approaches to resolving cases in bioethics

2. Issues related to informed consent, privacy and confidentiality

3. End-of-life issues, e.g. withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and administration of palliative drugs that may hasten death. Included is an in depth look at the notion of medical futility.

4. Ethical issues related to organ transplantation

5. Human medical experimentation—explores the concept of informed consent and the principle of autonomy.


Each of the 10 online modules in the Patient Advocacy Certificate Program are five weeks long and represent ten contact hours of total work averaging approximately two hours per week, with class size limited to 25 participants. Each module is available for five weeks, beginning at 12 noon EST on a Friday and concluding five weeks later. The registration deadline for each module is 5pm EST the Wednesday prior to the start of the module. You can participate 24/7 during each module, as you interact with colleagues and faculty through facilitated discussions monitored by the professor based on questions related to the material. A certificate of completion is mailed after successful completion of each of the ten modules (based on logging in regularly to participate in discussions each week, and completing all assignments and quizzes). Modules may be taken in any order, with the exception of Data Management and Measuring Patient Satisfaction, which we recommend to be taken as the last two modules. Once you complete all ten modules, you will receive a special certificate and letter documenting your successful completion of the Cleveland State University Patient Advocacy Program.

Click here for more detailed information on the entire Patient Advocacy Certificate Program.


Item: NUSP18PAP0101 Allyson Robichaud
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Sessions: 0 D Location:
5/25/2018 - 6/29/2018 Fee: $189.00
ONLINE May 25 - June 29, 2018
Courses in the Patient Advocacy Program may be taken individually, however, only students who complete all ten courses will earn the Cleveland State University Patient Advocacy Certificate.

Noelle Muscatello
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