Clinical Pastoral Education

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is home to a Clinical Pastoral Education center, which is focused on offering our area clergy practical theological education in a clinical setting through the CPE model.

Our center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE), located at

Chapel1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849


The CPE Educational Model

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) uses the clinical method of learning.  This is an educational model that uses data from the actual practice of ministry as the content for reflection.  The CPE experience addresses many aspects of ministry.  Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and feedback from peers and supervisor, CPE participants develop a new awareness of themselves as persons, of the needs of those to whom they minister, and of God’s presence in ministry situations.

The elements of CPE include:

  • Detailed reflection, reporting and evaluation of ministerial encounters
  • Pastoral Supervision
  • A theological and theoretical perspective on all elements of the program
  • A small group of peers in a common learning experience
  • An individual contract for learning consistent with the objectives of CPE
  • An opportunity to explore your pastoral authority and pastoral formation
  • An opportunity to continue to develop your pastoral theology
  • An opportunity to learn pastoral care across cultures 

What are the CPE programs offered?

Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers both Level I and Level II units using an extended model of training in the Fall and Spring and a full-time model for the Summer Unit of training.  The Fall and Spring Extended Units are structured for the full-time minister.  These Units of training consists of a 17 to 18 week period and classes meet on only one day of the week with clinical hours being scheduled during times that best meet the student’s schedule.  The Spring Unit begins the first week of January and is completed the second or third week of May.  The Fall Unit begins the third or fourth week of August and ends the second or third week of December.

The Summer Unit is full-time, 40 hour per week, conducted over 12 weeks.  It begins in the first week of June and is completed the second or third week of August.

Clinical placements for ministry are varied.  These include ER, ICU, CCU, Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Mother/Baby, Pediatrics, Urology, Rehab, Neurology, Long-term Care, Chemical Dependency and Adult and Adolescent Mental Health.  Clinical placements are based on the student’s experience and the hospital’s needs.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating in this educational experience, then the application process is as follows:

  1. Download the Clinical Pastoral Education application
  2. Complete the application and return it, along with a $60 non-refundable application fee, to the Pastoral Care Department.  The address to mail the application is:

    The Department of Pastoral Care
    743 Spring St.,
    Gainesville, GA 30501

    You may also fax the application to the Pastoral Care Department at 770-219-2904.
  3. The cost of a full-unit of training is $500.  There is a non-refundable $100 payment the time of acceptance that is applied towards your tuition cost.

All students please note the following:

  • This ACPE CPE center guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of the Family Education and Privacy (FERPA) rights.
  • A student has the right to object to record content.  If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record.  Grades are exempted from this right.
  • Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, Inc, 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA  30033.
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