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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Learn the art of pastoral care at a world-class hospital

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By joining the CPE program at The University of Kansas Hospital, you become part of the region's premier academic medical center. Apply now.

Please direct questions and/or completed applications to:

Al Henager
Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Mailstop 1069
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-9343
Email: cpe@kumc.edu

Clinical Pastoral Education, or CPE, is an interfaith educational program that provides training to the next generation of spiritual providers. Our spiritual care team engages, empowers and educates everyone involved in the healing process to deliver holistic, patient-sensitive care. CPE is nationally recognized as the highest standard for pastoral care education in a clinical setting.

The CPE program at The University of Kansas Hospital provides professional training for all people interested in serving the spiritual needs of patients who need it most. The program was the first in the Kansas City Metro area to be accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. CPSP has affiliate status with the Association of Theological Schools and COMISS, The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings.

About CPE Training

CPE training provides professional development for all people interested in serving spiritual needs. As part of this curriculum, interns and residents provide pastoral care to patients, families and hospital staff while working toward certification as a clinical chaplain. 

Graduate-level education
Our CPE program offers graduate-level education to prepare students to become certified chaplains. In addition, many seminaries and graduate schools issue academic credit to students who complete CPE units. Completed units may also be presented in a resume when seeking a call in specialty ministries such as hospice care, prison ministry or hospital and military chaplaincy.

Curriculum and credit
Each unit of CPE has a required minimum of 400 working hours, including 100 hours in a formal classroom setting. In one year, students will earn four units of CPE, the minimum requirement for board certification. Students will have clinical hours with inpatients in care areas including burn, trauma, cancer and cardiology. Hours also include visiting outpatients.

In addition to class and clinical time, students will:

  • Work with multidisciplinary teams
  • Write and present reflection papers and projects
  • Attend didactic seminars
  • Present case studies
  • Lead worship
  • Cover the on-call pager
  • Have the opportunity for individual supervision from a seasoned leader

Affordable tuition
Tuition for one unit of CPE is $300. We offer online tuition payment for your convenience.

The Value of Clinical Pastoral Education

  • Fulfilling an ordination requirement, seminary credit, ministry or counseling practicum
  • Ministry direction or discernment
  • Processing ministry issues
  • Becoming a certified chaplain
  • Enhancing care skills

Our Programs

Residency Program

Our residency program is a 12-month, full-time program that includes benefits and a competitive stipend. In one year, students will earn four units of CPE, the minimum requirement for board certification.

Each trainee is assigned to a number of floors and units, providing an opportunity to experience the full range of care settings in a modern facility. Students are required to provide 24 hours of on-call coverage for the hospital.

Admission requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25.00 nonrefundable application fee
  • $300 tuition fee per unit
  • Documentation of relationship with a faith community
  • A minimum of an associate degree (or equivalent), with graduate theological degree preferred
  • One prior unit of CPE
  • Ability to provide ministry
  • Readiness for learning
  • Commitment to one year of full-time clinical residency

Those interested in the CPE residency program must also complete an additional application online.

Application deadline: May 30

Extended Internship Program

The extended CPE program is a part-time, unpaid internship that provides two units of CPE credit. The program runs from September-May (two semesters), and requires 20 hours per week of in-house coverage. Seminars are held on Friday and one overnight call duty is required per week, plus an additional four hours of clinical chaplain work.

Admission requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25.00 nonrefundable application fee
  • $300 tuition fee per unit
  • Documentation of relationship with a faith community
  • A minimum of two years of college preferred
  • Ability to provide ministry
  • Readiness for learning
  • Commitment to one unit (400 hours) of full-time clinical service and learning

Application deadline: August 1

Summer Intensive Program

The summer intensive program occurs mid-May through mid-August and provides one unit of CPE credit. Credit earned may fulfill requirements for a graduate or seminary degree program, and will also meet the CPE prerequisite for the residency program at The University of Kansas Hospital. Seminary credit must be arranged in advance between the intern and the seminary or graduate school.

Admission requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25.00 nonrefundable application fee
  • $300 tuition fee
  • Documentation of relationship with a faith community
  • A minimum of two years of college preferred
  • Ability to provide ministry
  • Readiness for learning
  • Commitment to one unity (400 hours) of full-time clinical service and learning

Application deadline: May 1

How to apply

All applicants are required to complete the CPE application. Please enter responses directly into the fields provided. You can then save your completed document using your last name and submit to: 

Al Henager
Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Mailstop 1069
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-9343
Email: cpe@kumc.edu

We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.