Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Cleveland Clinic is an accredited program of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. It is graduate-level training for ministers of all faith traditions who have completed (or are in process of completing) their master's degree in divinity, theology or equivalent field. Degrees must be from a school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu) or an international equivalent (www.professionalchaplains.org).
Cleveland Clinic offers all levels of CPE training - from the initial unit to residency to supervisory training. An initial unit from an ACPE accredited center is prerequisite for admittance to the residency program. The initial (or “basic”) unit can be completed in three ways at Cleveland Clinic:
- Summer intensive unit: 10.5 weeks, full-time M-F plus on-call rotation. Usually begins the Monday after Memorial Day and ends mid-August.
- Fall extended unit: Every Wednesday from the week of Labor Day until two days before Christmas Eve; one 24-hour on-call rotation every other weekend; one 8-hour on-call on alternate weeks.
- Spring extended unit: Same as above from the first Wednesday after New Year’s Day until mid-May.
Each of these units has a tuition cost of $500. Tuition is sometimes reduced for additional units.
No person will be denied acceptance on the basis of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
Statement of Confidentiality and Student Rights
Annual Notice (published in accordance with ACPE Standard 304.4):
This ACPE CPE center/program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.
A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right.
Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033.
For additional information please consult the Student Handbook p. 3-109 (ACPE Appendix 7B, Guide for Student Records) as well as Spiritual Care Department Policy Number 410 plus appendix in the Department Policy Manual).
Many of our services are supported by the generous donations of individuals, groups and institutions. Those who recognize the importance of spiritual care at Cleveland Clinic may want to offer financial support of our programs.
If you would like to help, or for more information, contact Institutional Advancement at 216.444.1245 or the Director of Spiritual Care at 216.444.2518.