Introduction to Specialized Chaplain Studies

Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education
(The Hospice Chaplain)






Office: P.O. Box 2636

Harker Heights, Texas 76548
Office hours: 9am to 5pm Mon. thru Fri.




The Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education offers course by distant learning and by classroom instruction.  JCCAE is accredited by Trinity Bible College and Seminary and distant learning students can opt to take our courses for certifications or the student can earn a degree using them through Trinity Bible College and Seminary.


All courses through the Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education have college credit hours included for each course.  If the student wishes to have his hours matriculated, it can be put toward a degree.      


I.               Course Description

The Hospice Chaplain is a three-credit course that focuses on the basics of Hospice Chaplaincy. It is primarily intended for students of chaplain and hospice care education.  The course prerequisite is full admission to graduate standing or permission from the instructor. 

II.            Goals and Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of #JC1008 is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, assess, evaluate, and counsel during the trauma of hospice care, at a faith based level. The measurable learning outcomes used to determine the degree to which this goal is being met follow:

  • Students will describe basics in hospice care.

  • Students will apply recognized the trauma of death.

  • Students will recognize signs and symptoms of crisis of faith 

  • Students will recognize the concept of death for families and the dying

  • Students will apply counseling techniques to the dying during death


III.         Required Readings

  • The hospice care manual 

  • Selected course handouts by instructor

IV.    Overall Structure of the Course

The course is designed to provide students with a variety of contexts for understanding and evaluating the process of death. Students will be expected to apply all terms and concepts presented in the course to the chaplain profession on a daily basis.   

V.      Classroom Course Requirements

Students are required to take this course and participate in discussion, take examinations, and complete any assigned work.  Students are expected to complete any required weekly readings before class, ask questions, and turn in assignments on time.

Graded homework will be assigned as required. The homework must be turned in the following class session.

The test will cover material from the first half of the course and should take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The final exam will be comprehensive and may take the total time allotted for a class session.


Distant Learning Requirement


Students will purchase material from JCCAE.  When you purchase the manual a test will be sent. The test must be taken and sent to the office of JCCAE for grading.  A passing grade of 80% must be met.  Test scores will be recorded and applied to your degree program.


Certifications:  JCCAE offers certifications for each specialized subject in Chaplain Education. Once the course has been taken by distant learning and the test has been taken and sent to JCCAE and a grade of 80% has been met, the certificate will be mailed to you.  The certificate will have the registration number printed directly on the certificate.       

VI.    Course Policies

For classroom instruction, homework will not be accepted after the due date.  Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor. 

The examinations must be taken as scheduled on this syllabus and as announced in class.

Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor.  Make-up exams will differ from those given in class, but will cover the same material.  The examinations are open book. 

Students who have disabilities requiring special arrangements for class participation or test administration should notify the instructor of the need for such arrangements at the beginning of the semester.  

Students in this course should be familiar with the policies on Academic Responsibility and violations of academic responsibility in this course will be handled accordingly.  

VII.   Assessment and Grading

Students will be evaluated on assignments and examinations.  The examinations will be objectively scored using a scoring key.  The assignments will be graded on a scale from 0 to 100, reflecting percent of possible points earned.  Grades will be assigned using the following weights:





Grades will be assigned as follows:















VIII.  Course Outline

Topics for each class meeting are listed below.  However, circumstances may call for a departure from this schedule. Any changes to the schedule will be made in advance.  Homework assignments will be handed out one week prior to the due date.