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CPE Prerequisites

Clinical Pastoral Education Programs - Prerequisites For Admission

Extended and Summer CPE

Residency Programs

Extended and Summer CPE

Students work as pastors to patients, families and staff in the hospital. The educational process requires active involvement in ministry and reflection. A primary goal is "ministry formation," the discovery and acceptance of one's own unique gifts and skills in pastoral care. This goal is facilitated through experiential learning, which combines ministering, the study of theoretical materials, feedback from peers and supervisors, personal reflection, theological reflection and the application of learning to subsequent ministry relationships.

Curriculum for summer and all extended CPE includes individual supervision, didactic seminars, group clinical seminars, interprofessional seminars, theological reflection seminars and interpersonal relationship seminars.

Prerequisites for admission include:

  • Theological education or expertise sufficient to enable a student to benefit from this postgraduate educational experience.
  • May include ministers, seminarians, and lay persons.
  • Completion of the ACPE application form.
  • A $50 application fee.
  • Screening interview with a qualified interviewer.
  • Tuition is $450 per unit. The tuition serves as an acceptance fee due upon invitation by the center.

Day Extended Unit: offered usually in the fall and spring

  • A 15-week unit for one day a week and two on-calls per month.
  • Or a 40-week unit offered one day a week and one on-call per month.

Regional Extended CPE: offered fall and spring

  • A 20-week unit
  • Clinical time is experienced at one of our regional hospitals
  • Didactic and group times are combined with other students in our regional hospitals.

Residency Programs

Each residency program is 12-months (four consecutive CPE units). The program date begins and ends the last week of August.

1st Year Pastoral Care Residency

The first year residency program builds upon the previous CPE unit(s) through continued intensive involvement as a member of the health care team.

Curriculum for the residency year includes individual supervision plus didactic; multidisciplinary and interpersonal relationships; clinical; and theological reflection seminars. Throughout the residency year the program emphasizes the following: pastoral skill, pastoral identity formation, exploration of specialty areas, and a research project in a specialty area. The learning environment at Baptist Health System offers multicultural and multisocial dimensions to the curriculum and pastoral context.

Prerequisites for admission include:

  • A completed ACPE application.
  • Student's and supervisor's evaluation from previous units.
  • A $50 application fee.
  • A personal interview with the CPE staff.
  • The Center recommends one certified unit of ACPE CPE prior to the residency year.
  • Upon acceptance, a student pays a nonrefundable $450 confirmation fee which serves as first tuition. Tuition is $450 per unit.
  • Stipend is competitive with other CPE programs.
  • Hospital benefits including health, dental and eye insurance are available to full-time CPE residents.

2nd Year Pastoral Care Residency

The second year residency program builds upon the pastoral skills and identify formulated in the previous residency program. The 2nd year emphasizes the pastoral authority, leadership skills, interdepartmental relationships and community interaction needed in functioning within a pastoral care program. Independent study and research is encouraged.

Prerequisites for admission include:

  • Same as for first year residency program.
  • Additional application materials are required.
  • Increased stipend from first year and is also competitive with other CPE programs.
  • Hospital benefits are available.

Supervisory Training Residency

A comprehensive supervisory training program is available at Baptist Health System. An application and interview process is required. If interested, please Email Us. The stipend and benefits are very competitive.

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