Program Outline
  • St. John's CPE Program Outline  

    St. John’s offers a four-quarter, part-time, extended curriculum for both entry level and more advanced CPE students (Levels I and II) pursuing professional chaplaincy as a career and those who plan to become board certified chaplains. At the same time, the program can accommodate those students who only need one or two units of CPE to complete degree programs, to meet basic requirements for employment as chaplains, or who simply wish to enhance their ministerial skills and competencies.

    As with other ACPE programs, each unit of Level I and Level II CPE provides between 400 - 500 hours of supervised training, with 100 - 160 hours of structured group and individual education with a supervised clinical practice in ministry.

    Our extended units are designed in a one-room schoolhouse format to accommodate new and more advanced CPE students in the same unit of training. Accommodations are made for each student’s learning goals and styles.

    It is expected that students will be able to accomplish their clinical ministry by visiting patients during assigned sifts, such as 3-11, 11-7, and 7-3. In very limited situations, adaptations may be made for a student to modify these hours. Also, and again in limited situations, a student may be able to accomplish her/his clinical ministry elsewhere, such as in another health care facility, correctional facility, parish, hospice care agency, or industrial/business location. This requires a written agreement with the outside facility/agency and the student is then responsible for the additional tuition.

    Application process

    Applications should be sent directly to Fr. Charles Hart, ACPE Supervisor. A $50 application fee, payable to St. John's Hospital- CPE should accompany each application. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied toward tuition. Tuition for a unit of CPE is $750, or $650 if paid in full prior to the start of the unit.

    Application materials  

    Fr. Charles Hart, O.F.M., M.Div. 
    ACPE Supervisor 
    St. John's Hospital 
    Clinical Pastoral Education Department
    800 E. Carpenter
    Springfield, IL  62769

    (217) 544-6464, ext. 46773
    Confidential Fax: (217) 535-3896