Doctor of Clinical Pastoral Counseling Online Program

Doctor of Clinical Pastoral Counseling Online Program

The purpose of the D.C.P.C. online program is to advance clinically competent and spiritually mature leadership in the field of Christian Counseling by equipping students with advanced knowledge and skills that integrate counseling discipline with sound Christian doctrine. The program seeks to raise leadership and scholarship among Christian counselors so that students may be prepared to serve in churches and other faith-based organizations, as well as in secular places and practices to make meaningful community and global contributions.


Each graduate of the D.C.P.C. online program will be able to:
  1. Model and interpret a series of methods of evaluating and comparing secular theories of psychotherapy from an evangelistic standpoint; synthesizing and applying a wide array of counseling theories from an integrated Christian Worldview.
  2. Assess, diagnose, and treat clients in a broad range of age, gender, and race; treat mental disorders using multiple appropriate, biblically established counseling theories and techniques.
  3. Demonstrate a counseling process that is Bible-based, God-honoring, Christ-centered, and Spirit-powered, separate from a secular psychotherapy.
  4. Incorporate ethical and legal standards from the counseling field to justify one’s own observations of a client.
  5. Evaluate children, adolescents, couples and family clients in order to effectively determine treatments in accordance with a distinctly Christian worldview and established best practices.
  6. Evaluate diverse populations within a systems context in order to effectively determine appropriate treatments.

Program Description

D.C.P.C Online Program is 100% online program, with a fast-track course in 8-week duration per course with eight (8) start dates per year for students to enroll in a short time without a long period of waiting for admission. The course works are scheduled sequentially on the weekly basis. The D.C.P.C Online Program conducts a rigorous course learning assessment to ensure students to complete all performance requirements for the course and to demonstrate mastery of the course concepts and course learning outcomes. The course discussion forum provides a mechanism for students to exchange information and ideas and demonstrate the student’s level of critical thinking and communication skills to the faculty mentor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the D.C.P.C. program, candidates must satisfy the following basic elements: 1) Course work, 2) internship experience, 3) candidacy examination, and 4) Project or Thesis. Here the “Project” refers to a particular casework carried out in tandem with the candidates’ clinical pastoral counseling practice. The final product of the project will take the shape of a well-researched report. The “Thesis” indicates a written work that proves a candidate’ theological assertion or view on certain aspects of clinical pastoral counseling by means of practical examples. The degree shall be completed within minimum four years to maximum ten years. Students whose programs continue after completing 42 credit hours including 3 credit hours of field internship and followed by a minimum of 6 credit hours in project/thesis writing.


The curriculum for the D.C.P.C. program is as follows.

Prerequisites (21 credit hours)

Counseling (Any 4 courses or their equivalents from the following courses)

  • Counseling Theories or Introduction to Christian Counseling (3 credits)
  • Ethics of Counseling (3 credits)
  • Psychology and Theology (Faith and Counseling) (3 credits)
  • Group Counseling or Individual Counseling (3 credits)

Theology (Any 3 courses from the following courses)

  • Systematic Theology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to New Testament (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Old Testament (3 credits)

Required Courses (42 credit hours)

Core Major Requirements: 33 credits

  • CNS 800 Integration of Theology and Psychology (3 credits)
  • CNS 805 Applied Counseling Theories (3 credits)
  • CNS 810 Counselor Spirituality and Identity (3 credits)
  • CNS 825 Advanced Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CNS 835 Applied Research I (3 credits)
  • CNS 850 Cognitive Theory and Application (3 credits)
  • CNS 855 Attachment based Treatment (3 credits)
  • CNS 860 Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (3 credits)
  • CNS 865 Advanced Psychopathology and Treatment (3 credits)
  • CNS 877 Advanced Counseling Seminar (3 credits)
  • CNS 880 Ministry of Counseling (3 credits); or CNS 883; CNS 886; CNS 889

Counseling Internship: 3 credits

Dissertation Writings and Defense: 6 credits