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.
OhioHealth offers two intern programs: an 11-week intensive summer unit and a 30-week extended intern program, running from October through April.
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.
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.
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.
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 Riverside Methodist Hospital, 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.
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:
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.
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.
We present a core curriculum that addresses three areas of pastoral competency. Our methodology for teaching the core curriculum includes a variety of seminars and assignments.
Applicants must complete several in-depth personal essays. Here you’ll find information about the application requirements and process, including tips on completing the application.