Bioethicists have varied educational backgrounds, with Philosophy, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Social Work being strongly represented degrees in the Toronto Bioethics community. They typically have a minimum of a post-graduate degree in Bioethics, and increasingly, employers expect them to have a doctorate. Practical experience and training is necessary and available from clinical ethics fellowships like those offered by the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.
Bioethicists commonly supplement their academic and practical backgrounds with certificates in relevant areas such as mediation, research ethics and leadership.
UHN Bioethicists supervise practicum students in the Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) Master of Health Sciences program.