Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program Description

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Spiritual Care is accredited for all levels of CPE training. The weekly training consists of clinical time with patients, verbatim seminars, didactic sessions, interpersonal relations group (IPR), and individual supervisory consultation. Participants receive an evaluation and certificate at the completion of each unit. Applicants need not be ordained to be considered, but preference is given to those with some theological education from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by CHEA. Applications are accepted year round for the following programs.

Summer Intensive Unit

Notice: we will not have a Summer Intensive Unit in 2024, and are not accepting applications for this unit. You are welcome to apply for the 2024 Fall Extended Unit or units in 2025. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This full-time unit requires 40 hours each week, Monday through Friday, with two to four class sessions per week. Regular weekend and evening on-call shifts are required. This course runs for ten to eleven weeks between the months of May and August. The tuition fee for new students is $550 and for returning students is $400.

Fall Extended Unit

This unit is ideal for those currently seeking employment or employed in part time or flexible positions. Class meets once a week on a designated day for eight hours, morning and afternoon. Students also commit to sixteen additional hours of clinical time per week, which includes regular weekend shifts. Occasional overnight on-calls (done on-site) may also be scheduled - you can inquire prior to the unit for more details. This course begins in late August or early September and concludes at the beginning of January. The tuition fee for new students is $550 and for returning students is $400.

Spring Extended Unit

Similar to the Fall offering, this unit begins in early January and concludes mid-May. The tuition fee for new students is $550 and for returning students is $400.

Residency Program

This year long program consists of three units. It is expected that a resident will have completed one unit of CPE prior to beginning this program. This unit requires 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, with regular weekend and evening on call shifts. The program begins in late August and concludes the following summer. The stipend is $30,000.

Residency applications begin being reviewed in mid-December, and interviews start in January. We look to have the resident vacancies filled by mid-April.

Certified Educator Training (limited enrollment as available)

As students progress through the ACPE supervisor certification process, a cohort of instructors and peers forms to guide participants in developing their supervisory methods. Please contact the Director for further details.


Inquiries may be directed to the CPE Director, Rev. Dr. Robert McGeeney, at ClinicalPastoralEducation@ccf.org or by calling 216.444.2518.

General information about CPE from ACPE

Nondiscrimination Policy

Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the federal, state, or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.

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, 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308.

For additional information please consult the Cleveland Clinic CPE Student Handbook as well as the Spiritual Care Department Policy Manual (Policy Number 410).