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Program Description

The Clinical Pastoral Education program offers participants the opportunity to minister with people who are as diverse as the problems they face. CPE students receive preparation for general congregational work, as well as ministries in chaplaincy.

Baystate Medical Center is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE, Inc.) to offer the following CPE programs:


  • Level I CPE addresses basic competencies and issues of pastoral reflection, information, identity and functioning in one or more units of CPE.
  • Level II CPE addresses advanced competencies and issues of pastoral function, reflection and integration.


The general curriculum consists of pastoral ministry in chronic and crisis situations; interpersonal communications seminars; verbatim presentations, and case studies; interdisciplinary didactics; participation in team meetings, discharge planning, and worship leadership. Each student is assigned corresponding inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, and rotates on-call responsibility with staff chaplains.


Summer Program


An intensive unit assists students with development of their personal and pastoral identity and growth of their professional competence in ministry. 


Extended Program


A part-time program assists students with clergy and selected lay professionals in learning new skills in ministry and exploring a new career in ministry.  The program begins in October and ends in April.


Admission Requirements


  • Completed the Baystate CPE application
  • Three letters of reference (Academic, Denominational and Personal)
  • Paid application fee.



There is an open admissions process of enrollment, and thus, nor formal application deadline.  Once the class is full, no more applicants will be interviewed.


Time Requirements


All students are required to provide some overnight in-house, on-call weeknight and weekend coverage.  Summer students are scheduled for a 40-hour work week.  Extended unit students attend class on Wednesdays and schedule clinical hours as negotiated with the supervisor.


Parking and meals are provided.


This CPE Program is accredited by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103,

Decatur, GA 30033

Telephone (404) 320-1472; Facsimile: (404) 320-0489