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Professional chaplains are typically endorsed by a denomination or faith group, board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and work in hospitals, prisons or in the military. Employment is usually full-time although part-time positions are available.
Students wishing to pursue careers as professional chaplains are advised to take MIN 5101 Pastoral Theology during their first year, either PAS 5311 Pastoral Counseling or PAS 5312 Theories and Techniques of Counseling during their second year, and an additional pastoral or family ministry course such as PAS 5315 Practicum in Counseling, PAS 5501 Marriage and Family Counseling, PAS 5316 Dealing with Challenging Relationships, or PAS 5512 Family Therapy Concepts and Methods during the third year.
Students wishing to pursue military chaplaincy are advised to take PAS 5722 The Healing Journey: Trauma and Restorative Justice.
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