The online learning program at Holy Apostles College & Seminary has an understanding with the National Catholic Bioethics Center for the adjunct faculty hire of Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., who teaches three of the bioethics courses within the Bioethics Concentration of the Master of Arts in Theology degree program.
Open to Two Kinds of Students
Two kinds of students, both of whom are concurrently pursuing NCBC certification along with a bioethics concentration may enroll in the program:
- Students pursuing certification in bioethics with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) and who seek to receive up to 9 graduate credits (as non-matriculated students) for the coursework completed;
- Students enrolled/matriculated into the Master of Theology degree program at HACS with a declared concentration in bioethics and who are also pursuing certification in bioethics with the NCBC;
Two kinds of students interested in pursuing coursework in bioethics may not enroll in the NCBC certification program courses; instead, they will take the non-NCBC courses offered within the program:
- Students enrolled/matriculated into the Master of Theology degree program at HACS who have declared a concentration in bioethics but are not pursuing certification with the NCBC;
- Students enrolled/matriculated into the Master of Theology degree program at HACS, who have declared a concentration in an area other than bioethics and who wish to enroll in one or more courses comprising the bioethics sequence as electives to fulfill degree requirements.
Category 1 Students (non-matriculated students pursuing NCBC certification and HACS graduate credits)
Category 1 students are those seeking certification in bioethics with the NCBC and who also wish to receive graduate credit from HACS (as non-matriculated students) for the coursework completed.
These students must apply with HACS on or before August 31 and enroll at HACS as a non-degree student pursuing personal interest graduate credits.
The total cost of the program for these students is $3,780. Of this amount, $2,835 is payable to HACS directly as HACS tuition. The tuition amount payable to HACS is in addition to the $50 application fee which is also paid by each student directly to HACS.
The remaining amount of$945 (total program cost of $3,780 minus the HACS tuition amount of $2,835) is the NCBC certification fee that is to be paid by each student separately and directly to the NCBC.
These students will be required to pay additional costs and/or fees directly to the NCBC or others related to attendance at the certification program seminars. HACS will not be involved in setting, collecting or in any way accounting for or administering such additional costs and fees. Students are to direct any questions or concerns they may have regarding these costs and/or fees to the NCBC.
NOTE 1: Category 1 students have the option of matriculating into the Master of Theology degree program at HACS any time during their participation in the certification program or within two (2) years following successful completion of the bioethics course sequence.
NOTE 2: There is a unique program registration form that is to be completed by Category 1 students only. This completed registration form is to be submitted by each student to the HACS program coordinator, Prof. Steve Schultz (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will process and maintain any and all program documents, transcripts and student records according to policies and procedures developed specifically for that staff position and in accordance with any and all additional existing HACS’ policies and procedures respecting the management and privacy of student records.
NOTE 3: Upon successful completion of each course in the bioethics sequence, students will receive three (3) graduate credits with an assigned grade. The grade for each course will be assigned by the course professor on a form supplied by the HACS program coordinator pursuant to developed policies and procedures. This procedure will apply to students in all categories as defined herein.
Category 2 Students (Students simultaneously enrolling in HACS M.A. in Theology degree program with a declared concentration in bioethics and pursuing NCBC certification)
Students in this category are those who are enrolled as matriculated students in the M.A. degree program at HACS with a declared concentration in bioethics and who are pursuing NCBC certification in bioethics.
Category 2 students must apply for the bioethics sequence courses on or before August 31.
The costs of the program for students in Category 2 are the same as for Category 1 students. Of the total program cost ($3,780), $2,835 is to be paid directly to HACS as tuition and the remaining $945 is to be paid directly to NCBC as a certification fee.
As for Category 1 students, students in Category 2 will pay additional costs and/or fees directly to the NCBC related to the certification program seminars. Again, HACS has no involvement in setting, collecting, or in any way accounting for or administering such additional costs and fees. HACS staff members are to instruct students to direct any questions or concerns they may have regarding these costs and/or fees to the NCBC.
Category 2 students will follow the same course registration and tuition payment procedures that are followed by all other students in the Distance Learning (DL) program at HACS. In other words, these students will register and pay for each course within the sequence just as all other DL students are required to do for all other DL courses. For each trimester, these students will register only for those courses within the sequence that are being offered for that trimester. Thus, these students will be billed and will pay tuition over the course of the academic year (by trimester) rather than paying the full tuition amount on or before the beginning of the academic year.
Category 3 Students (Currently enrolled/matriculated HACS M.A. degree students concentrating in bioethics but NOT seeking NCBC certification)
Students in Category 3 are those currently enrolled in the Master of Theology program at HACS, have declared a concentration in bioethics, but will not be pursuing certification in bioethics through the NCBC.
These students will register and pay for non-NCBC bioethics courses available within the program and will not be permitted to take the NCBC bioethics courses.
Category 4 Students (HACS matriculated M.A. degree students NOT concentrating in bioethics and NOT seeking NCBC certification)
Students in Category 4 are those currently enrolled in the Master of Theology degree program but who have declared a concentration in an area other than bioethics. These students have no interest in pursuing NCBC certification or in fulfilling the requirements for a concentration in bioethics but, instead, seek to enroll in one or more courses in bioethics to fulfill elective requirements for their degree program at HACS.
Like the Category 3 students, Category 4 students will register and pay for non-NCBC bioethics courses available within the program and will not be permitted to take the NCBC bioethics courses.
For Category 1 and Category 2 students, the bioethics courses must be taken in the sequence offered by the NCBC and within the same academic year. For Category 1 students who later decide to matriculate through the MA in Theology program with a concentration in bioethics and for all Category 2 students, one additional bioethics course from the program will be required to complete the bioethics concentration.