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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith training designed to teach pastoral care to clergy and others. It is the primary method of training for spiritual care providers, hospice and hospital chaplains that is grounded in a person-centered approach to spiritual care. The aim of CPE is to integrate the theory and practice of spiritual care by bringing theological students and ministers of all faiths into managed encounters with patients and families in crisis. Students will evaluate the effectiveness of their style of ministry in relation to theological perspectives, religious traditions and the needs of patients and loved ones who are experiencing moments of crisis, suffering, and transition, in a multi-faith peer group and in consultation with a certified chaplain educator. Through this process the student incorporates new perspectives on the human condition, the importance of healing relationships, self- awareness and awareness of the needs of patients and their loved ones.

The CPE program at Boston Medical Center is accredited by the national Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to provide Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs for Level 1 and 2 students. ACPE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education standards requires a minimum of 100 hours of class time and 300 hours of clinical time for each unit of CPE.  CPE is the primary method of education for hospice, hospital chaplains and spiritual care providers.

CPE Programs

Boston Medical Center offers a summer unit (May-August) and an extended part-time unit (October – March)

Program Dates

Summer Unit: May 28, 2019- August 6, 2019

Summer students are scheduled for a 40-hour work week. All summer students are required to provide some overnight coverage.   

Extended Unit: October 8, 2019 - March 3, 2020

Extended unit students attend class on Tuesdays and schedule clinical hours (10) as negotiated with the educator. All extended unit students are required to provide some overnight coverage.   

There is no formal application deadline.  Applications are reviewed and students accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Tuition: $1000, due upon admission to the program

Application fee: $50
Please make checks payable to Boston Medical Center

Use this link to download the ACPE application.

Applications accepted via email or sent to address below:


The Rev’d Jennie Gould, Ph.D, BCC
[email protected]