Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis.

CPE is theological education, not chaplain training. Although you function in the role of a chaplain in your service to the hospital, CPE is really about understanding yourself and your theology more clearly.

Completing CPE does not certify anyone to be a chaplain, but it is the education that one needs to pursue professional chaplain certification.

About Our Clinical Pastoral Education Programs

We offer three CPE programs:

  • Summer Internship
  • Fall Externships
  • Residency Program
  • Certified Educator Training Program

Through our programs, you will:

  • Learn from experienced chaplains and health care teams
  • Receive daily opportunities for pastoral ministry with patients and on-call crisis experiences
  • Gain exposure to diverse spiritual and medical issues

One unit of CPE is 400 hours of supervised ministry education. Of this, 100 hours will be spent in seminars and didactic presentation, and the remaining 300 hours spent in patient visitation and ministry practice.

How to Apply

Download an application from ACPE, our accrediting body.

Intern and extern candidates should also fill out an application for Adult Volunteers through Volunteer Services.

Pay a $35 non-refundable application fee, via check or money order, made to UTMC Department of Pastoral Care.

Complete and mail your application, along with your application fee, to:

Pastoral Care
The University of Tennessee Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920

Our Interview and Selection Committee will review your application. We will notify you if you have been accepted for an on-campus interview.

Final acceptance into the program is based on a personal interview, a background check and drug screening.

For more information on CPE, visit ACPE or contact:

Coy T. Callicott, M. Div., BCC, ACPE Certified Chaplain Educator
Chaplain Educator
CCallicott@utmck.edu

Summer Internship

05/26/2020-08/07/2020

Application deadline: 04/15/2020
Prerequisites: None
Program tuition: $700

This 11-week, full-time program runs Mondays-Fridays 8 am-4:30 pm, plus some overnight and weekend on-call coverage.

Winter/Spring Externship

01/04/2021 – 05/07/2021

Application deadline: 12/18/2020
Prerequisites: None
Program tuition: $700

Residency Program

08/17/2020-08/31/2021

12-month intensive program
Openings: Four
Prerequisites: Master of Divinity and successful completion of at least one unit of Level 1 CPE
Program tuition: Waived
Stipend: $35,568/year; eligible for medical/dental/vision insurance

The Resident program is a full-time educational experience that includes overnight and weekend on-call responsibility.

Applications for the Residency program are received and reviewed on a rolling application format. Most resident positions are filled by early June.

Educator Program

Coy T. Callicott, M. Div., BCC, ACPE Certified Chaplain Educator
Chaplain Educator

The University of Tennessee Medical Center/Knoxville
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN  37920
865-305-9704
CCallicott@utmck.edu

Please contact Pastoral Care office for further information.

Accreditation

Our CPE programs are accredited by:

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

55 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Suite 385
Atlanta, GA  30308
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849
www.acpe.edu

Contact Info
Pastoral Care
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-305-9704

Monday through Friday
8 am-4 pm
After hours, nights, weekends and holidays, the on-call chaplain can be reached at 865-305-9000

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Contact Info
Pastoral Care
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-305-9704

Monday through Friday
8 am-4 pm
After hours, nights, weekends and holidays, the on-call chaplain can be reached at 865-305-9000

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