Admission Process

Step 1: Review the current Academic Schedule (below) to find a convenient CPE unit

Step 2: Complete the online application, and submit it with a non-refundable application fee of $75

Step 3: Meet for an online interview with an ACPE Certified Educator

Step 4: Concurrent and contingent upon your acceptance into the CPE program, identify a center(s) to fulfill your clinical hours, see finding a clinical center below

Step 5: The Placement Agreement needs to be signed and dated by you and your Onsite Preceptor and returned to the Registrar prior to the start of the unit

Step 6: Pay non-refundable deposit to hold you place

Step 7: Begin unit

Academic Schedule

We are offering three CPE units a year. Each semester will last for 20 weeks. includes clinical time at local institutions, which you will fulfill at times convenient for your schedule. For educational time, we will meet weekly for three hours over live video conferencing, not including self-guided online courses.

Below is the schedule of our semesters. For each semester we are offering multiple times to applicants, who will select the time slots that work for them on the application form. The time slot that is favored by most students will be selected and will be the time we meet for live video conferencing that semester.


Spring 2018 Semester

February 5, 2018 - June 22, 2018

Class will meet at a mutually convenient time.


Summer 2018 Semester

May 1st, 2018 - September 7, 2018

Class will meet at a mutually convenient time.


Fall 2018 Semester

September 17th, 2018 - February 1st, 2019

Class will meet at a mutually convenient time.

Finding a Center

Where do I do my CPE?

Each unit is a total of 400 hours in clinical training (combined clinical and educational hours) in spiritual/pastoral care. The educational time will be a combination of didactics, online educational courses, student presentations, group process time, and individual supervision. Educational time will make up between 100 - 150 hours of the 400 total hours of a unit. All of the educational time will be completed online, over the course of the academic schedule.

The remaining hours will be fulfilled through clinical hours, in which students will interact with persons within a spiritual care framework. The spiritual care visits will occur at a designated clinical center, overseen by an ACPE Certified Educator in collaboration with an Onsite Preceptor. They will total the 250 - 300 hours of clinical hours necessary for completion of one CPE unit.

The Onsite Preceptor can be any contextually relevant professional who can help students get access to a patient/client population, assist with getting background information on the patients/clients, be the student’s guide at the facility in terms of orientation, policies and procedures specific to the facility and being a support and holding the student accountable for the hours the student logs as clinical hours.


What counts as a clinical center?

Clinical hours involve providing on-site spiritual care to patients/clients at a clinical center.
Approved clinical sites include, but are not limited to:

  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Prisons
  • Houses of worship
  • Extended care facilities
  • Psychiatric wards
  • Military bases
  • Social service centers

In any of the above mentioned centers, spiritual care visits need to make up the bulk of the time counted as clinical hours.



Application fee is $75 (non-refundable).

Tuition for one unit is $1,800, not including the application fee.

Financial aid is available to students based upon financial need. For more information, please contact the registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



To begin the application process, click here.