CPE Students

Prospective Students

Are you a prospective student or international student interested in earning CPE units? You've come to the right place.

In this section we'll answer some frequently asked questions as well as provide more details on the International Student Visitor Program.


How to enroll in a unit of CPE:

  1. Visit the directory on the ACPE homepage
  2. Search by state to locate the programs in your area. Listings will show up alphabetically by program and/or hospital name.
  3. Contact the program(s) that you are interested in to inquire about schedules, fees, interview dates, and admission requirements. Please note that every center is different in terms of what they require.
  4. Complete the CPE application and send directly to the program(s) of interest

Important note: Please do not send your completed application to the ACPE office in Atlanta, GA. Applications sent to the office will not be forwarded on your behalf. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?
What do the essential elements of CPE include?
What kind of things might be included in the individual learning contract?
What are the different types of CPE?
What does CPE prepare a person to do?
I want to be a Chaplain or Pastoral Counselor. Do I need CPE?
Who is eligible to enroll in CPE?
Do I have to be ordained to do CPE?
Where can one enroll in CPE?
How may I enroll in CPE?
Can I apply to more than one ACPE center?
What are the dates for CPE and deadlines for application?
What does CPE cost and are scholarships available?
I am an international student. How do I enroll in CPE?
Can I get academic credit for CPE?
Can I get CPE credit for previous work/ministry experience?
Can I do CPE online or through some other distance learning process?
Can I defer my loans while enrolled in CPE?
I have a complaint about an ACPE center or an ACPE Certified Educator. What should I do?
How can I become a member of ACPE?
Additional information for prospective students:
Where will I be ministering?
What is a typical day in CPE?
What is the CPE learning environment?
Accredited vs. Non-Accredited Seminaries/Universities
More information:

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