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Institute of Pastoral Studies

MAPS - Health Care Chaplaincy Concentration


The IPS Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) offers a unique Health Care Chaplaincy concentration to prepare students for the entire process to be certified as a Board Certified Chaplain (BOC) with The National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). 

This 36-credit hour degree program consists of the eight Core Courses of the MAPS degree, three health-care related electives, 4 units of CPE, 2 workshops, and the Health Care Integration Project. 

All components of the MAPS—Health Care Chaplaincy concentration, except for CPE, can be completed online or on-campus.  Some courses are also available in the summer through the IPS Rome program.

Eight Core MAPS Courses:

IPS 570  Introduction to Theology and Ministry

IPS 416  Christian Origins

IPS 417  Literature of Ancient Israel

IPS 402  Church and Mission

IPS 531  Christian Doctrine and History

IPS 541  Liturgy and Sacraments

IPS 553  Moral Theology and Christian Ethics

IPS 555  Human Person and Psychological Development

Three Health Care Related Electives: 

Students can choose from

IPS 564  Foundations of Pastoral Care

IPS 404  Theologies of Suffering

A variety of health care ethics courses offered through the IPS and Loyola's Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics Institute: http://hsd.luc.edu/bioethics/.

Four Units of CPE:

Based on the requirements for Board Certification as a chaplain, the MAPS—HCC concentration requires students to complete 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).  More information on CPE can be found here.

Two Workshops:

The NACC also recommends that those preparing for chaplaincy complete at least two workshops related to issues in health care.

The Health Care Integration Project:

The final program requirement is IPS 493—the Health Care Integration project.  In IPS 493, students are mentored in the process of preparing the materials required to sit for board certification.

More information about the vocation of chaplaincy can be found here.  For more information about the MAPS—Health Care Chaplaincy concentration please contact the program advisor, Dr. Therese Lysaught at mlysaught@luc.edu or (312) 915-7485.


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