Courses, Schedule & Tuition

Students in the multi-faith clinical pastoral education (CPE) program at Cedars-Sinai work directly with patients in a hospital setting. You'll learn how to listen to—and provide spiritual support to—patients and their families, as well as staff members, in their time of need. Our interdisciplinary approach combines observation, hands-on experience, mentoring and academic instruction.


Courses

Cedars-Sinai's ACPE-certified CPE™ program is accredited to offer Level I, Level II and Certified Educator CPE. CPE units are offered throughout the year. Small student cohorts ensure you receive in-depth quality, hands-on chaplaincy training to effectively support patients, families and staff.

  • Level I is a foundational program where students develop core clinical skills, professional identities and pastoral authority.
  • Level II is for applicants who have already met Level I outcomes and is focused on professional spiritual care practice and competence.
  • Certified Educator CPE is education for those who have successfully completed a minimum of four units of Level I/Level II CPE, and wish to become certified as ACPE educators.
  • Level I and Level II CPE is offered throughout the year. Certified Educator CPE programs are not always available; please check for availability.

One unit of CPE is at least 400 hours combining supervised clinical practice in ministry and no fewer than 100 hours of structured group and individual education. A half-unit of CPE is at least 240 hours combining supervised clinical practice in ministry and no fewer than 60 hours of structured group and individual education.

Schedule

CPE training is intense work, but Cedars-Sinai offers flexible options:

  • Our full-time course is 40 hours per week for 11 weeks, plus on-call duty, and is held in the summer semester.
  • Our extended courses are approximately 24 hours a week for 19 weeks, plus on-call duty, and are conducted during the fall-winter and winter-spring semesters. Extended unit CPE group supervision takes place on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; clinical hours are flexible according to each student's schedule.
ACPE Certified CPE™ Unit
Dates
Availability

2019 Winter-Spring (Extended)

Jan. 21–May 24

Closed

2019 Summer (Full-Time)

June 3–Aug. 16

Open

2019 Fall-Winter (Extended)

Sept. 3–Jan. 10

Open

Note: Cedars-Sinai observes New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. No classes or training are held on these holidays.

Application Information

On average, just 4–7 students are accepted to participate in each CPE cohort. Applications are processed in the order they are received, and all units—especially in the summer—fill quickly. We strongly recommend applying 6 months to 1 year in advance of your desired start date.

Tuition

To apply in the CPE program, review the tuition and payment information:

  • If you are accepted to the program, a nonrefundable deposit of $150 is required to reserve your space. The deposit will be applied to your cost of tuition (make check payable to "Cedars-Sinai" with "CPE Program" written on the memo line).
  • Tuition is $550 per unit of CPE.
  • Cedars-Sinai doesn't provide stipends.
  • Financial assistance may be available for students who have been accepted into the program and who can demonstrate financial need.
Have Questions or Need Help?

Call the Clinical Pastoral Education team Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific Time (U.S.), or send a message. You can also visit our offices, which are on the Plaza Level, between the North and South towers, next to the chapel.

Cedars-Sinai ACPE Certified CPE™ Center is accredited to offer Level I, Level II and Certified Educator CPE™ by the ACPE: acpe.edu.