Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is theological and professional education for ministry. In CPE, theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypersons minister under supervision to people with a variety of pastoral needs.

CPE proposes to study "the living human document" of both self and other, toward the ends of more authentic and effective ministry. The Department of FaithHealth Education offers CPE year-round in several settings and at various levels of specialization.

The Department of FaithHealth Education CPE program is fully accredited to offer Level I, Level II and Supervisory CPE by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Level I CPE Program (Introductory CPE)

We offer two Level I CPE programs:

The Summer Hospital-based Level I CPE Program

An introductory CPE program designed for participants to spend 40+ hours a week in comprehensive hospital ministry for 10 weeks. Chaplain interns cover a specific clinical area of care, lead weekday worship, and provide on-call coverage of the medical center.

The 2018 program begins May 30, 2018. The deadline for submitting applications is March 3, 2018.

The Congregation/Hospital-based Level I CPE Program

An introductory, extended unit of CPE, from August 2018 to May 2018, that is designed for ministers attending seminary or maintaining a full-time ministry or secular position. Educational seminars are held each Monday afternoon and chaplain interns are required to provide 10 to 12 hours each week of pastoral care in the hospital or in their ministry setting, such as a church or agency.

The 2018-2019 program begins on August 26, 2018. The deadline for submitting applications is June 3, 2018.

Completion of the introductory Level I CPE program meets the ordination requirements for various denominations and is one of the prerequisites for those considering a CPE residency.

Residency: Level I and II CPE Program

The CPE Residency Program

A yearlong and offers eight residents three units of CPE in a trimester structure. Residents receive a competitive stipend with health care and other excellent benefits.

The curriculum is designed to assist in developing a constellation of pastoral care skills and a sense of grounded competence. Residents are responsible for providing 24-hour pastoral care coverage, seven days a week, responding to a variety of routine and crisis calls. Residents may apply for a second-year specialized residency.

The residency position begins the end of August each year. Applicants for this program should have a M.Div. or equivalent and have successfully completed an introductory Level I CPE program. The deadline for submitting an application for the 2018-2019 residency year is December 1, 2018.

Supervisory Education Residency

We offer one three-year supervisory education residency. Presently, that position is filled. We anticipate having an opening for another three-year residency in Supervisory Education in 2019.

Deadlines for submission of applications:

Courses Deadline
Summer Level I CPE March 3, 2018
Congregration/Hospital based Level I CPE June 3, 2018
Residency for 2018-2019 December 1, 2018

Application and Admission Requirements:

  • Completed ACPE application
  • A $35 application fee payable to: “FaithHealth Education”
  • Admissions Interview
  • Applicants for residency positions: completion of an introductory level I CPE program and a MDiv or equivalent degree
  • Applications may be emailed or sent through U.S Postal service to the attention of Rosalind Bradley


Our CPE programs are fully accredited by:

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
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Approved for the enrollment of Department of Veterans Affairs students.