Clinical Pastoral Education
UNC Hospitals offers a unique opportunity for theological students, clergy and qualified lay persons to learn the art and science of pastoral care with suffering persons in a fast-paced and supportive environment.
Pastoral Care and the CPE Program are well integrated into the life and mission of UNC Hospitals. CPE students are valued members of the health care team, and participate in patient care, family meetings and ethics consults. CPE students work alongside staff chaplains within a large pastoral care department, with opportunities for multidisciplinary learning throughout our hospitals. CPE provides students with the opportunity to integrate their personal history and their theological heritage into an authentic pastoral identity. Students work with their supervisor to craft individual learning goals in this adult education format.
Each unit of CPE consists of at least 400 hours of training, 100 of which are spent in group and individual supervision. The curriculum is based on the clinical method of learning, utilizing information from the actual practice of ministry as the content for reflection.
CPE Internship Programs
UNC Hospitals offers several internship programs to suit student needs. Intern units are designed to introduce students to the basics of pastoral care in several diverse settings. Academic credit for internships is available for transfer into graduate-level theological institutions.
- Tuition: $425
- Admissions for internship units is rolling. Students may apply at any time, and we will continue to accept qualified students until a unit is full.
- Students may submit one application for multiple internship programs, or request to be considered for multiple sites. You are welcome to speak with our admissions coordinator to discuss which setting is right for you.
UNC Medical Center Internships
Beginning mid-August and running through December, or beginning early-January and running through early May, this program offers students the opportunity to participate in a part-time unit following the semester calendar. Students meet for one day of educational seminars each week and provide two days of clinical coverage each week, and participate in the overnight on-call rotation.
- Fall Program: August 19, 2019 – December 13, 2019 (17 Weeks)
- Spring Program: January 6, 2020 – May 1, 2020 (17 Weeks)
This 11-week internship begins after Memorial Day and ends in early August. This is a full-time program. In addition to educational and clinical work each week, students participate in the overnight on-call rotation.
- Summer Program: May 28, 2019 – August 9, 2019 (11 Weeks)
- 2020 Summer Program: May 26, 2020 – August 7, 2020
Community-Hospital Internships at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus
Students will learn through experiences at a community non-profit or congregation, as well as experiences caring for patients at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus. Didactic seminars, case studies, and other educational opportunities will take place at the UNC Hillsborough campus. Community opportunities may include work with agencies addressing homelessness, addictions, disability, aging, or other marginalized populations. Students may choose to complete a portion of their clinical hours in congregations. Students participate in the Hillsborough campus on-call rotation.
Mental & Behavioral Health Internships at UNC WakeBrook
For persons interested in pastoral care to persons with mental and behavioral health needs, UNC’s WakeBrook Campus in Raleigh provides a unique opportunity. The hospital provides psychiatric services in residential and outpatient clinics for children and adults including crisis and detox services. Students will gain experience in providing direct spiritual care to this population and learn how pastoral care intersects with mental and behavioral health.
- 2019 Summer Program: May 28, 2019 – August 9, 2019 (11 Weeks)
- Extended Program: September 2019 – May 2020
- 2020 Summer Program: May 26, 2020 – August 7, 2020
CPE Residency Programs
At UNC Hospitals, our CPE residency programs are each one year long, lasting from July to June. As a UNC Hospitals Chaplain Resident you will provide spiritual care to patients, families and staff. You will also participate in a year of Clinical Pastoral Education (three units) to enhance the professional development of your spiritual leadership and pastoral/spiritual care skills.
This residency program is offered for persons interested in specialization in pastoral care or chaplaincy. Board-certified staff chaplains mentor residents. Students provide patient care and participate in the on-call rotation. Prerequisites include a college degree, theological education, and completion of at least one unit of CPE.
- 2019-2020 Residency Year: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Applications due December 31st, 2018.
- 2020-2021 Residency Year: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. Applications due December 31st, 2019.
Second-Year CPE Residency in Palliative Care
This residency program is offered for persons interested in specialization in palliative care chaplaincy. UNC's palliative care chaplain serves as a mentor to this resident. Students provide patient care and participate in the on-call rotation, with a specific focus on palliative care patients in UNC Hospitals. Prerequisites include the above, plus completion of an ACPE Accredited first-year CPE Residency program.
- 2019-2020 Residency Year: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
Certified Educator CPE
For persons interesting in becoming ACPE Certified Educators, UNC Hospitals is accredited to offer Certified Educator Clinical Pastoral Education. Applicants must have completed four units of CPE and be admitted into the ACPE Certified Educator Program. Contact us to inquire about program availability, stipend, and benefits.
- UNC Hospitals is currently accepting applications for this program. The application process works in conjunction with ACPE. To begin the process, click here and find information towards the bottom of the page.