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Clinical Pastoral Education

We strive to be recognized as a national leader in promoting experience-based theological education.

Our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs offer students outstanding opportunities, unique programs and competitive benefits, in addition to receiving accredited education at a faith-based organization. The OhioHealth CPE Program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

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Our Clinical Pastoral Education Programs

Level I: Intern Units

OhioHealth offers two intern programs: an 11-week intensive summer unit and a 30-week extended intern program, running from October through April.
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Level II: Residency Program

Our year-long residency program, beginning in September, offers an opportunity to earn credits for three units of CPE. This residency program provides excellent preparation for a career as a professional chaplain. Learn More.

CPE Supervisory Education

A full-time, three- to four- year supervisory program is open to one candidate who has completed at least two units of Level II CPE and is interested in supervising CPE students. Learn More.

Receive OhioHealth Benefits

Benefits for our CPE residents include a salary, health insurance, eye and dental options, discounted gym membership, use of concierge services and free parking, as well as many other benefits enjoyed by OhioHealth associates.

Learn at a Faith-Based Institution

The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and OhioHealth have a relationship that began when the Methodist Episcopal Church helped create the Protestant Hospital in Columbus as a non-profit institution. These are the roots of OhioHealth, where we value the spiritual and emotional aspect of health, regardless of faith tradition. Learning at a faith-based institution gives ministry students the opportunity to integrate their faith identity into the medical context and better learn how to minister.

Gain Experience in a Diverse Environment

OhioHealth CPE students have the opportunity for ministry practice with a diverse population of patients, families and staff at multiple locations – rural and urban facilities, small and large hospital environments. Students are exposed to a variety of pastoral styles, theologies and teaching formats. Additionally, residency students and interns are assigned to minister in various units including:

  • surgery
  • cardiology
  • pulmonary
  • neurology
  • renal
  • diabetes
  • urology
  • orthopedics
  • trauma
  • rehabilitation
  • joint replacement
  • palliative care and hospice

All residents will gain experience in the ICUs and Emergency Departments while on-call. The primary on-call responsibility is to provide in-house coverage on weekends. Interested interns may provide on-call coverage with supervisor approval.

Take the Lead in Decedent Care

Taking the lead in decedent care gives our year-long residents exposure to areas in the hospital that have higher-level acuity than their normal clinical assignments and provides them with a unique sense of purpose. Decedent care involves significant interdisciplinary engagement with managing and tracking the emotional and logistical issues that families and the hospital must address at the time of death.