All applicants for the DCRC program will be required to develop a two (2) year plan of continuous education and complete a research project or dissertation for approval by the Shepherd’s Care College Board of Outreach Ministries. Their research must incorporate one or more of the principles listed above.
All applications must have (3) years of professional experience in their respective fields. A forty-eight (48) credit hour Master’s degree or its equivalent in medical studies (MD, Psychologist, Chiropractic, Mental Health, Social Work, and all other Healing Professionals) is also required.
Applicants whose credentials exceed the admissions requirement may apply for advance standing of all programs. Credits to be considered from all Institutions of Higher Learning (accredited universities/colleges or non-accredited Religious Institutions).
Shepherd’s Care College has a policy of attracting and acceptance of all faiths, diverse ethnic, cultural linguistic, and social backgrounds.
Doctor of Ministry Religious Missionary Counseling (D.M.R.M.C.)
The doctoral program of Doctor of Ministry Religious Missionary Counseling (D.M.R.M.C.) is an extra-ordinary academic degree awarded to an individual as a declaration of life experience, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. A life experience or honorary degree may be conferred upon an individual that has not attended our Institution.
This degree is intended to honor those individuals who have demonstrated to have had religious and theory intensive experiences designed to provide a balance of intellectual, spiritual, and experiential learning resulting in professional counselors who have multiple competencies as a researcher, theorist, minister and problem solver in human growth and development. The D.M.R.M.C. program emphasizes religious theory and research experiences as opposed to clinical skill development and is designed primarily for individuals who desire to become ministers of faith and religious missionary counselors around the world.
The Doctor of Ministry Religious Missionary Counseling program is based on the life experiences of the following principles:
A. Religious Health Counseling
B. Development of a Basic Counseling Protocol
C. Nutritional and Herbal Intervention Counseling
D. Development of Spiritual Gifts
E. Ministry of Counseling to all Genders
F. Basic Biblical Truths in Counseling
G. Counseling on Family Issues
Economic Counseling from a Biblical Perspective
An ad eundem degree may also be considered a sort of life experience degree, although it is only conferred on an individual who has already achieved a comparable qualification at another accredited University.
Some of our life experience degrees are in fact earned. These degrees are sometimes called high doctorated by research, and viewed as well above Ph.D. degrees. They are used for clergy, researchers, health caregivers, administrators, and others who must submit a portfolio of ministry, research, practice, administration, usually comprising many years of work of significant counseling protocol. These degrees are formally assessed like any other earned degree.
Recipients of our life experience doctorate who do not also hold a bona fide doctorate often choose not to use the title of “doctor” though it may be appropriate to use the title provided it was conferred based on some tangible relevant achievement. Even so, one who holds a life experience degree from Shepherd’s Care College may use the title “doctor” in many countries including Africa, United Kingdom, United States, Mexico, South America, and many other nations. However, it is doctor, regardless of the background circumstances for the award clergy being notable exception: Robert W. Schuller, Billy Graham, Norman Vincent Peal, and Jerry Falwell are referred to as doctors and possess an earned doctor, but all have several life experience honorary degrees. Whereas, Martin Luther King Jr. earned a Ph.D. from Boston University).
Shepherd’s Care College has a policy of attracting applicants from all faiths, diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic and social backgrounds.