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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for spiritual care. It brings laypersons, theological students and clergy of all faiths into supervised encounters with people in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and educators, students develop new awareness of themselves and of the needs of those to whom they serve. From theological reflection on specific pastoral encounters, they gain a new understanding of the value and depth of spiritual care. Our programs at Overlook and Morristown medical centers provide a space for the development of skills in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships.

Clinical Pastoral Education serves as a part of one's preparation for parish ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, and life in general. Each semester provides students with an opportunity to craft individualized focus on their personal and professional growth and learning. Some students enroll in four units in order to become board certified chaplains. Others enroll in a unit as a requirement by their theological schools and degrees. Some can take courses for credit at their schools or as a discernment of a new path.

Our residents and interns are integrated into the interdisciplinary team in a safe and supportive learning environment. Students will have firsthand experience to offer spiritual care to patients and their loved ones in a variety of specialties. This includes palliative care, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, emergency and trauma care, pediatrics, behavioral health, intensive care units, labor and delivery, rehabilitation, geriatrics, outpatient services and chronic illnesses. 

Program Details

CPE at Overlook Medical Center

Overlook Medical Center offers Level l and Level ll extended units and a summer intensive unit. Our interfaith, graduate level professional education is an unpaid internship that consists of 400 hours of supervised learning, including a minimum of 300 hours of direct patient care and 100 hours of education. Chaplains participate in the Spiritual Care Department's 24 hour/7 day-a-week on-call coverage. Overlook is also accredited for CEC education. 

Send us your questions or application by email or call 908-522-2780 for more information. 

Overlook Medical Center’s ACPE program is  accredited by:
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-320-1472

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.

Overlook Medical Center CPE Annual Notice >

CPE at Morristown Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center offers Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in summer intense, extended (academic year) and residency programs. Summer and extended programs are unpaid internships offering one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, whereas our paid year-long residency program offers three units. Each unit consists of 400 hours of supervised learning, including a minimum of 300 hours of direct patient care and 100 hours of education. Chaplain residents and interns participate in the Spiritual Care Department’s 24 hour/7 day-a-week on-call coverage. 

Morristown Medical Center is accredited by:
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-320-1472

Our Programs


This full-time, 53-week program begins in late August and ends in early September of the following year. Three 8-hour shifts visiting patients, one education day and one overnight make up the weekly schedule for our residents. This is a salaried position that includes benefits, paid time off, and sick time.

Current Program Dates: August 30, 2021 – September 2, 2022

Upcoming Program Dates: August 29, 2022 – September 2, 2023


This part-time, 32-week course begins in the fall and ends in the spring. It includes class on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00pm, approximately 7.5 hours a week and participation in 24/7 on-call rotation.

Current Program Dates: September 14,2021 – April 30, 2022

Upcoming Program Dates: September 13, 2022 – April 29, 2023

Summer Intensive

This program runs from the end of May through mid-August. The hours are close to full time and include participation in the 24/7 on-call rotation.

Upcoming Program Dates: May 24, 2022 – August 13, 2022

Future Program Dates: May 23, 2023 – August 12, 2023

How to Apply

  1. Complete the application
  2. Email us your completed application
  3. There is no application deadline. Interviews will be scheduled as space is available in the program and admissions will occur on a rolling basis.
  4. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Spiritual Care Department at 973-971-5818

Tuition and Fees

  1. There are no application fees at this time.
  2. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in the program. The deposit is applied to tuition.
  3. Tuition is due at the beginning of the program.

    Summer and Extended Unit CPE
    Application fee: None
    Non-refundable deposit: $50
    Tuition: $1,000
    Total Cost: $1,000

    CPE Residency
    Application fee: None
    Non-refundable deposit: $50
    Tuition: $1,000 per unit (3 units total)
    Total Cost: $3,000