Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has offered Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) since the summer of 1947. Clinical Pastoral Education is a form of theological and professional education for ministry that takes place in academic classrooms and in clinical settings where ministry is being practiced. 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 documents" of both self and other for more authentic and effective ministry. Through the practice and reflection of ministry with supervisor and peers, experiential learning takes place.

The mission of the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is to provide skillful and compassionate spiritual care to the patients, families, and staff of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center community, and to provide quality education to those persons seeking to develop their gifts for spiritual care and spiritual growth. We are committed to helping ministers develop their gifts in ministry to serve as ministers in a variety of positions in a variety of institutions. Our chaplain interns and residents engage in pastoral formation, competence and reflection in a small group under supervision with a Certified Educator.

The Department of FaithHealth Education’s CPE Program is fully accredited to offer Level I, Level II and Certified Education CPE by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.*

Level I CPE Program (Introductory CPE)

Participants in the Level I, Introductory CPE program are Chaplain Interns. 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 year-long residency. 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 2024 program begins May 28, 2024. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2024.
  • The Extended Level I CPE Program
    An introductory, extended unit of CPE, from August 2024 to May 2025, 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 2024 - 2025 program begins on August 26, 2024. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2024.

Please see Admissions Policy, Financial Policy and Annual Notice of Students’ Rights and Privacy for more information.

Residency Programs (Level I and II CPE and Certified Educator)

The CPE Residency Program

  • The CPE Level I and II Residency program is year-long 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 pastoral care coverage, seven days a week, responding to a variety of routine and crisis calls. Residents may apply for a second-year specialized fellowship. The residency positions begin 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 program begins August 26, 2024. The deadline for submitting applications is December 15, 2023.

Certified Educator Candidate Residency

  • We offer one three-year Certified Educator Candidate residency. Currently, we are not accepting applications for Certified Education Students.

Please see Admissions PolicyFinancial Policy and Annual Notice of Students’ Rights and Privacy for more information.

Deadlines for submission of applications:

CPE Program Deadline
Residency Level I and II December 15, 2023
Summer Internship, Level I March 1, 2024
Extended Internship Level I March 1, 2024

Application and Admission Requirements:

Applicants for Level I Internships:

  • Completed ACPE application
  • A $35 application fee payable to “FaithHealth Education”
  • Admissions Interview

Applicants for Residency Level I and II Positions:

  • Completed ACPE application
  • A $35 application fee payable to "FaithHealth Education"
  • Completion of an introductory Level I CPE program 
  • Admissions Interview
  • MDiv or equivalent degree

Applicants accepted into our programs may also be responsible for the following additional fees:

  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screening
  • Immunizations
  • Student Unit Fee $150, paid by center
  • Non-refundable deposit (residents only) $200

2024 - 2025 Fees, Tuitions and Stipends

Application fee for Intern and Resident Programs $35
Application fee for Certified Educator Program $75 (local) $350 (National)
Onboarding fees See above
Student Unit fee See above
Non-refundable deposit See above

Tuitions (per unit)
Resident $400
Certified Educator Resident $400
Congregation-based $650 (if no clinical hours in hospital)
Hospital-based $450

Annual Stipends
Resident 1 $37,380
Intern None

Applications may be emailed to or sent through U.S Postal service to the attention of Angel Lee.

For more information and to submit your completed application, contact:

Angel F. Lee, Admissions Coordinator
FaithHealth Education
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1099


Our CPE programs are fully accredited by:

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