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The Providence St. Peter Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) Internship program is designed to enhance the personal, theological, and professional competency of clergy, religious, lay persons, and theology students. There are two schedules of programs:

Summer unit

The summer unit is a 10 to 11-week, full-time program typically beginning the second week of June and ending around the second or third week of August. It’s open to seminarians, clergy seeking continuing education and qualified lay persons.

Extended Unit

An extended unit is typically 24 hours per week for 17-20 weeks, including: a set schedule of direct patient service (clinical rounds during day, night on call shifts and weekend on call shifts) that is flexed to meet student’s individual schedule; 4.5 hours of formal class time each week, and weekly scheduled one hour of individual supervision. This unit is open to seminarians, clergy seeking continuing education and qualified lay persons.

Admission Requirements

Providence St. Peter Hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education program follows the standards and guidelines of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Complete and submit an application and with a fee of $50 to “Providence St. Peter Hospital”
  • An admissions screening interview (preferably onsite)
  • Graduation from an accredited college, M.Div or equivalent is preferred.
  • Verified connections with a spiritual community; ordination or commissioning to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority is preferred

Program Learning and Service Expectations

  • Participate in all educational sessions including verbatim seminars, didactics, Interpersonal relationship groups, didactic seminars, and individual supervision, completing all written and educational requirements for the CPE unit.
  • Be mentored by Spiritual Care staff and share responsibilities as assigned to provide pastoral and spiritual care to patients, family members and staff.
  • Participate in the on-call rotation
  • Be able to provide professional communication and presence as part of spiritual care ministry

Written activities include:

  • Learning agreement
  • Verbatims
  • Reflection reports
  • Final evaluation
  • Theology of Spiritual Care paper


  • Program Cost Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deposit: $200 (non-refundable and applied towards cost of tuition)
  • Tuition per Unit: $700
  • Scholarships: We offer a limited number of tuition scholarships. Please reach out to us if you are interested in more information.