Program Overview

CPE programs offered at Legacy Health

The Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Legacy Health offers an ongoing process of self-directed graduate theological education. This education is based on and occurs within the structure of the ACPE standards that focus on the areas of pastoral formation, pastoral competency, pastoral reflection and specialized ministry.


The CPE Residency is intended for ordained clergy and other faith leaders who are seeking to specialize in health care ministry. It is specifically designed to assist graduates of the program to become certified by The Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association for Catholic Chaplains, The National Association for Jewish Chaplains, and other certifying groups. This year-long, full-time program is divided into four units of CPE, and each unit has a focus on aspects of health care ministry. In the first unit, residents will focus on skill development such as active listening, spiritual assessments and working in the interdisciplinary medical environment. The second unit focuses on personality development and seeks to add and integrate the insights and knowledge of the behavioral sciences to the particular theological views of each resident. The third unit seeks to deepen and widen the pastoral theology of each resident and integrates that understanding with the behavioral sciences, in particular psychodynamics and other personality theories. In the fourth unit, residents will be given the opportunity to specialize in some clinical area of the hospital including rotations at Randall Children's Hospital and Legacy Oregon Burn Center, as well as in clinical areas at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. These would include adult psychiatry, emergency, trauma medicine and more.

Residency stipend: $28,808 plus medical, dental and vacation benefits for 12 months, valued at an additional $8,200 for a total stipend value of as much as $37,008.Year residency, tuition paid by Legacy

Congregation Based

The Congregation Based CPE program is designed for community clergy and other pastoral professionals who are looking to complete a unit of CPE while spending time in their congregation or current ministry setting. The program runs for 12 weeks and meets each Monday and Tuesday from 8 until 5. Clinical hours are obtained both by participating in the on-call program at the medical center and from hours providing pastoral care in your congregation or ministry site.

Congregation Based CPE tuition: $600

Summer Hospital Based

The Hospital based CPE program is designed primarily for seminary and graduate school students who are looking to complete a unit of CPE in the summer. The program is largely designed to assist students who are learning about theology to increase their pastoral skills by working directly with patients, families and hospital staff during life changing events. While under direct supervision, the summer unit is a program of full time ministry. This unit of CPE generally fulfills requirements of seminaries and denominational requirements for CPE.

Summer Intensive CPE tuition: $600

Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education

Supervisory CPE is designed for qualified persons with demonstrated pastoral, professional and clinical competence. Supervisory CPE students engage in a three-year residency program designed to teach them the art of pastoral supervision through education in supervisory theories by using conceptual models drawn from theology, behavioral science and education. Students will practice under the supervision of a certified ACPE supervisor. They will form their identity as educators through a focus on integrating theory and practice with their distinct, personal attributes and life history. They will also learn through peer group seminars where the emerging supervisor's understanding and practice are tested and modified.

Legacy Health is accredited to offer Level I and Level II and Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education with ACPE, Inc., One West Court Square, Ste 325, Decatur, GA 30033