Clinical Pastoral Education at Princeton Health

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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with Princeton Health

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a program in which seminarians, clergy, and some qualified lay-people provide pastoral care to patients and engage in an "action-reflection" model of learning. Each student engages in an educational process with a peer group of 4-8 students and a CPE supervisor, as well as in individual supervision with their supervisor. Our CPE program is specifically focused on learning to provide person-centered, multi-faith care of the soul.

Within Penn Medicine Princeton Health's CPE program, clinical placements are available at the Princeton Medical Center, Princeton House Behavioral Health, and Princeton Hospice.

We currently have three CPE offerings:

  1. A 12-week, full-time summer unit (1 unit of CPE) beginning the first week of June
  2. A part-time, academic year unit, typically ~35 weeks (1 unit of CPE) beginning mid-September
  3. A 52-week, full-time residency (3 units of CPE) beginning the first week of June

Each unit of CPE includes 300+ hours of patient care, 100+ educational hours, occasional worship leadership at the Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House Behavioral Health, and occasional on-call coverage. Each student will serve as the primary chaplain on one or two units and participate as part of the multi-disciplinary team.

To submit an application, first download a CPE application from the ACPE website ( Then, email your completed application to and

They will schedule an interview with you as space is available in the program as admissions occur on a rolling basis.

One unit of CPE is required for ordination in many faith traditions. Four units of CPE is required in order to seek board certification as a chaplain.

Our un-paid internship is 1 unit of CPE. Tuition for the internship is $650. Summer applications typically are received in October and November. Academic year applications are typically received December through February.

Our residency consists of 3 units of CPE and offers a stipend of $34,000 in addition to Penn Medicine Princeton Health employee benefits. There is no tuition for the residency. Applications for the residency are typically received in October and November.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health's CPE program is an ACPE Accredited Center. We offer Level 1, Level 2, and Supervisory CPE.

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 320-0849