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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

About Our Program

Program Options

Level I and II units of CPE are offered on a unit-by-unit basis.  Level I CPE is a person’s initial unit.  With completion of expected learning outcomes, individuals may then enroll for further units of CPE for continued learning and growth.  One Unit of CPE requires a minimum of 400 hours of learning, of which at least 100 hours are used for educational seminars and supervision with another 300 hours dedicated to providing pastoral care in the hospital setting.  Programs are as follows:

Part-Time Extended Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education

These part-time programs are offered in five or nine month formats.  A part-time schedule has been designed over an extended period to accommodate those attending school and or working in other capacities. Participants attend class on a regular basis along with receiving individual supervision. They provide pastoral care on assigned clinical areas of the hospital as scheduled for the course of the unit.

Full-Time Summer Intensive Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education

A full-time unit of CPE is offered during the summer months for 10 weeks. Participants serve full-time 40 hours per week as a chaplain in assigned clinical areas. Ten of those hours are set aside for seminars and weekly individual supervision.  

Full-Time Residency Year of Clinical Pastoral Education

The program normally begins in August and continues to August of the next calendar year. In that year students receive an additional three units of CPE. Participants serve full-time, 40 hours per week, and work as a chaplain assigned to clinical areas, attend weekly seminars and receive individual supervision. Each student participates in overnight, in-house chaplain on-call responsibilities. Over-night sleeping facilities are provided. Chaplain residents receive a stipend and employee benefits. 

Current Opportunities

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center offers Internship and Residency programs. The internship can be part-time (extended) units or a full-time summer unit.

  • Summer Full Time Intern Unit – 2022. – CANCELED

  • Residency – August 15, 2022 – August 18, 2023. Requires successful completion of one unit of ACPE CPE before admission. Students receive an additional three units of CPE over the course of the year. – Accepting Applications

  • Extended Intern Unit – August 29, 2022 – May 26, 2023. This includes 6 hours of class and supervision every other week, and a 8-hour shift of clinical time per week, providing ministry to patients, families and staff. – Accepting Applications


  • $400 tuition for each intern unit. 
  • $600 ($200 per unit) tuition covers the entire year of residency, three units of CPE will be earned. 
  • Upon acceptance into the program a $100 non-refundable acceptance fee is due.  This fee will be applied towards tuition. 
  • The balance of tuition is due on the first day of each unit for both intern (extended or intensive) and residency units.   
  • Refunds – Should a student leave the program through mutual consent, personal choice, or by choice of supervisor in the first two weeks of the CPE unit, all tuition, except the $40 application fee and $100 deposit, may be refunded. No refund will be issued after three weeks from the beginning of the unit.  
  • Application Screening Interviews can be held for students who wish to enter a CPE program held in another center – a $40 fee is charged for a screening interview.   

Admission Requirements

  • A completed ACPE application
  • An admissions interview with CPE faculty
  • A Covid-19 vaccine or receive a medical or religious exemption
  • Internship:Minimum of bachelor’s level degree required with preference given to applicants who are enrolled or have completed master’s level theological education.
  • Residency:Master’s level theological degree (from CHEA accredited school) and one completed unit of CPE in an ACPE accredited center.