OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Clinical Pastoral Education


Thinking about a Career in Chaplaincy?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is invaluable training for working with people of all ages who are coping with a life-changing situation, particularly involving their health. It is also a requirement to become a professional Board Certified Chaplain (BCC).

The ACPE program at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center seeks to provide excellent theologically based clinical training for care providers. In our teaching and provision of spiritual care, we are committed to the Mission of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center through justice, compassion, integrity, teamwork, employee well-being, supportive work environment, trust, stewardship, and leadership. The curriculum meets the Standards established by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE).

What is CPE?

CPE is an educational process whereby student care providers are taught to observe, listen, communicate and more effectively respond and attend to the emotional and spiritual needs of others. Our CPE program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and trains students in compassionate spiritual care with an emphasis on the “Standards of Practice for Professional Chaplains.”

Through hands-on practice, clinical supervision and academic study, CPE students serve as residents or interns who learn how to listen and attend to care recipients more effectively, interact appropriately with other professionals, provide leadership within their organization, and deeply engage their own personal and spiritual development.

CPE Program Options

A full-time, intensive Summer Program which lasts at least 11 but not more than 12 weeks and provides one “unit” of CPE;

An Extended Program, which may meet one day per week between September and May and also provides one “unit” of CPE;

The Residency Program is a fifty-two week program and includes four “units” of CPE.

One “unit” of CPE consists of 300 hours of clinical time where students visit with care receivers, plus 100 hours of classroom and individual education. It’s a mix of one-on-one supervision, group process work, instruction, and writing.

Some students decide to complete the four 400-hour units required to apply to become a Board Certified Chaplain.

Some decide to become educators themselves and work towards certification as supervisors by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and qualify to oversee other students’ training units run in the fall, spring and summer.

CPE students also include seminarians who are required to take one unit of CPE as part of their degree program or who take more than one unit as their ministry internship. Our students also include clergy and non-certified chaplains who serve in congregations and other community settings and who want to improve their skills; as well as volunteers in hospitals, hospices, and rehabilitation and skilled nursing care facilities who provide emotional, spiritual and religious support and comfort to patients and families under the supervision of a professional chaplain.


OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center is Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory Education:

One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, Georgia 30033
Phone: (404) 320-1472
Facsimile: (404) 320-0849
E-mail: acpe@acpe.edu
Web Address: www.acpe.edu