Lifestyle Counselor

Health Evangelism

Medical missionary work is a highly spiritual work and its goal is to point people to Jesus, the Great Physician. Uchee Pines Institute is ever looking for individuals that are spiritual, faithful, professional, committed, and diligent in service to be trained as medical missionaries.

Medical missionary work brings to humanity the gospel of release from suffering. It is the pioneer work of the gospel. It is the gospel practiced, the compassion of Christ revealed.

E. G. White

For those who have a burden to be medical missionaries of the highest order and desire to witness first-hand how God’s methods work in the restoration of health we offer the 1-year Lifestyle Counselor program.

  • Receive thorough training in natural remedies, common diseases, medical terminology, therapeutic nutrition, physical exam, physiology of hydrotherapy, and many other subjects.
  • Be prepared to function effectively in the care of the sick in a lifestyle center or mission station.
  • Effectively educate people in lifestyle principles and natural remedies in an effort to help them bring their lives into harmony with the laws of nature. Relieve human suffering and combat disease by using nature’s rational remedies.
  • Share in Christ’s ministry of sacrificial service and work to the eternal salvation of those for whom He labors.

This program is very demanding and consists of two phases. The first 6-month phase involves classroom instruction in the morning and practical work experience in the afternoon in various departments. In the last two months, practical work experience involves shadowing a senior LC. This experience will prepare the trainee for the six month practicum phase at the end of the program, when a trainee is responsible for full-time guest care and management with direct interaction between the medical staff and lifestyle guests.

Under the direction of the medical staff, the trainee assists with: guest evaluation and management, history taking, physical examination, selecting a course of treatment and administering appropriate remedies (including nutritional, herbals, hydrotherapy, massage and others).

Trainees, on scheduled days during a session, participate in a medical conference with the medical staff where they present guest concerns and make recommendations on a course of treatment. Afterwards, they accompany their guest(s) to their doctor’s visit. These experiences afford wonderful learning opportunities and provides continuing education.

Trainees give lectures on topics such as: nutrition, exercise, shopping tips, simple natural remedies and stress management to our guests. Also, they give hands-on classes to our guests as the following: cooking demonstrations, exercise, gardening and the use of natural remedies. In addition, in their daily one-on-one interaction with their assigned guest(s), counselor trainees are given opportunities to further educate and counsel on lifestyle principles and natural remedies and, if welcomed, they may also educate and counsel on spiritual matters.

Block System

Classes are offered in 12, 4-week blocks, with classroom time occupying one half of the day, work experience occupying the other half of the day, and with dedicated time set apart for personal devotions and study.

Please note: The prerequisite for the LC course is the Uchee Pines LE course or similar training at another approved Outpost Centers International health training institution (Wildwood, Hartland, Riverside Farms, a certified 6 month LIGHT course, etc).

Lifestyle Counselor Course Classes

Block 1
  • Upon this Rock
  • Prophetic Guidance
  • Christian Standards: Music
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Center Orientation
  • Anatomy & Physiology
Block 2
  • Steps to Christ
  • Christian Standards: Dress
  • Faith and Works
  • Common Diseases
  • Swedish & Therapeutic Massage
  • Herbal Remedies
Block 3
  • Christian Standards: Recreation — Drama, Sports, and Competition; Relationships — Friendship/ Courtship/ Marriage
  • The Science of Peace-Making
  • Phlebotomy & Labs
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Therapeutic Nutrition
Block 4
  • History of Self-Supporting Work
  • How to Study the Bible
  • Ministry of Healing
  • Physiology of Hydrotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy Practicum
Block 5
  • Daniel and Revelation
  • Medical Ministry
  • Christian Ethics
  • Christ’s Methods
  • Tropical Pathology
  • Patient Evaluation & Management
  • Shadowing
Block 6
  • Christian Administration
  • Patient Evaluation & Management
  • Shadowing
  • Medical Conference
Block 7-12
  • Shadowing
  • Medical Conference
  • LC Practicum

Course Cost

There is a $50 application fee.

Tuition, room and board is $4,800. Once a trainee is accepted, $1,000 registration fee is due at least one week prior to the beginning of the course to secure their place within the incoming class. This is non-refundable. The remaining $4,800 is due upon arrival at Uchee Pines.

Other costs include a $150 room deposit fee (due on arrival; refundable if room passes inspection upon departure), personal care items, an estimated $300-$400 for required textbooks and various class materials and mission trip expenses (variable, fund-raising can be done for this, during the course).

Cost Breakdown

Application Fee $50
Registration Fee $1000
Room Deposit $150
Tuition, room and board $4,800
Personal care items varies
Textbooks/class materials $300-$400
Mission trip varies

Financial Aid

Work-Study Option
This program allows a trainee to work at Uchee Pines to help offset the overall cost of the course. Those accepted as LC work-studies will pay the non-refundable $1000 registration fee and work 6 months to cover the remaining cost for tuition, room and board.

Please refer to the MASTERS HANDBOOK for a complete list of the financial policy and work/study option.


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