Clinical Pastoral Education

What to expect

CPE helps students become more aware of themselves as ministers and of the ways they affect those to whom they minister.

  • Most programs are in clinical settings (hospitals, nursing homes, hospice)
  • 1 CPE unit = 400 hours, and includes patient care, group & individual supervision, and didactic sessions
  • CPE is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) or its counterparts, either the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) or the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).


Credits and Requirements

  • 1 CPE unit = 6 hrs of transfer elective credits at YDS    
  • CPE can fulfill the MDiv requirement for supervised ministry, if you choose to designate it as such.
  • Summer units ~10-12 wks; extended (part-time) units vary, from 6-9 mos; all are 400 hrs
  • You can receive credit for up to 15 hours of supervised ministry toward the MDiv degree.
  • Many supervisors and students advise you take a pastoral care course before CPE, but it is not required.
  • Procedure to receive academic credit: a 10-15 minute interview with the Director of Supervised Ministry (or alternate) and a copy of your CPE certificate.


Financial Aid

  • CPE programs charge tuition, which varies widely from, say, $300-$900
  • A few CPE programs offer stipends or housing.
  • YDS has an unique arrangement that allows students who are financially needy to apply for work-study funding (up to $3500 dollars) to help cover living expenses during the time of CPE (i.e., submit weekly timesheets; paid weekly; employment taxes withheld)
  • You are eligible for YDS funding only if you are using CPE transfer credit hours toward your degree.
  • Procedure for aid: submit a copy of your acceptance letter and an Application for CPE Funding (available on the OSM website) to the OSM at least two weeks before starting CPE.

For more information about how to complete CPE and recieve credit for Supervised Ministry, explore more here!