Published on January 10, 2019

Clinical Pastoral Education

During periods of illness and injury, many people take comfort from spiritual guidance. Teaching the art of caregiving through the practice of ministry, our Clinical Pastoral Education Program trains individuals to provide compassionate and appropriate pastoral and spiritual care to those facing health crises.

We welcome the enrollment of:

  • Clergy
  • Theological students
  • Interested allied health professionals
  • Qualified laypersons


The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) has accredited our program with commendation. The address and phone number of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) are:

  • 1 West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030
  • 404 320-1472
  • 404-320-0849 fax

Learn more about the Spiritual Care at Reading Health System.

2019/20 CPE Tuition

Course Offerings

The program consists of two levels:

  • Level I is designed for both clergy as well as individuals with no previous experience in Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • Level II assists students to develop a coherent and well-integrated approach to the care of persons and the development and management of spiritual care of the sick. Completion of the CPE Residency meets the clinical requirements for certification by the chaplain certification bodies.

Certified Educator Training

Certified Educator Training is an extended educational program that prepares a professional chaplain to successfully complete the Certification Process of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) to become a Clinical Pastoral Education Certified Educator. The educational process can take from three to four years to become an Certified Educator. Students in Certified Educator Training do some of their educational work at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in conjunction with the curriculum provided by the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision (EPICS) that meets bi-monthly.

Download the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision (EPICS) Bibliography [PDF].

Contact Us

If you have questions about the program or would like more information, call 484-628-0205.