Important announcement regarding the Clinical Pastoral Education Program

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This is an important announcement regarding the Clinical Pastoral Education Program. After review and evaluation, Reading Hospital has decided to close the program.  The closing by August 30, 2019 will mark the final semester of educational program offerings at Reading Hospital school of Health Sciences.  At this time, we are partnering with students on a transition plan to other programs, and assisting administrative staff on a successful closure process. Following ACPE standards, we intend to transfer all student records over to the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)  for permanent record keeping.  All future request for access to or release of student records will be handled by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030, 404-320-1472,

How to Apply

Our curriculum and supervised clinical pastoral experiences focus on the development and refinement of pastoral care and counseling skills that are theoretically informed and pastorally effective. The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) re-accredited our program in 2015 for 10 years with commendation.

The admissions policy can be found here: Clinical Pastoral Education Program Admissions Policy [PDF].


The program accepts applications from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE). To apply

  • In addition to submitting the ACPE application, please submit a non-refundable fee of $30 and three Candidate's Reference Letters [PDF]. Please make check or money order payable to:

Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
PO Box 16052
Reading, PA 19612

Your application will not be considered complete until the fee and reference forms are received. All Candidate Reference Letters must be current.

Applicants selected for an interview will need to follow the School of Health Sciences Supplemental Requirements List [PDF]. You will need to bring along essential data as noted below and review the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prior to your interview visit.

  • A copy of your completed ACPE application (Refer to #11 on ACPE instructions form)
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Copy of previous self and supervisor evaluations (Refer to #10 on ACPE instructions form)

If accepted, applicants will be asked to complete the post- acceptance requirements noted on the supplemental requirements list prior to the start of class. This list includes a non-refundable confirmation fee, background checks, health screenings and immunization, as well as documentation of current health insurance. Please be sure to seek clarification on the post-acceptance requirements at the time of the interview and before placing down a $300 non-refundable confirmation fee.

More Resources

Information on the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) can be viewed by visiting School Policies and Information and select Policy #325.