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Master of Pastoral Ministry: Health Care Ministry Concentration

Master of Pastoral Ministry: Health Care Ministry Concentration

Prepare for ministry in health care facilities through a combination of theology and pastoral ministry courses with on site Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at accredited CPE programs in regional hospitals like Harris Medical Center in Fort Worth or Children's Medical Center of Dallas. This program contributes to the student's ability to meet the certification standards of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains

In addition to the core courses, two elective courses and the following courses are required to receive a Master of Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Health Care Ministry:

RPS 6330. Ministry in the Church: This course explores the contemporary phenomenon of ministry in the Catholic Church from the angles of theology and pastoral practice. Theological exploration focuses on biblical visions of ministry, the history of ministry in the church, and its doctrinal underpinnings and implications, especially in ecclesiology. Pastoral consideration reflects on attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective pastoral ministry in today's church. Integrating these perspectives, the course includes discussion of issues related to the contemporary ministerial scene and critical ecclesial documents on ministry formation.

RPS 7369 Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.): This is a practicum in hospital-based pastoral care, which is available in cooperation with local hospitals whose programs are accredited by the National Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

RPS 7393. Ministry Capstone - Health Care Ministry: Students take this course in their final semester. It provides an opportunity for them to integrate previous coursework and reading with the knowledge and skills required to address particular pastoral tasks effectively. The student will work seasoned ministerial practitioners who will provide onsite supervision. Capstone projects require the completion of a detailed application and written approval by School of Ministry faculty supervisors several months prior to registration.

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