Frequently Asked Questions

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. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

For Internship Units of CPE: An individual who, through a written application and an admissions interview, has demonstrated the ability to participate in CPE, usually one who has or is successfully completing at least one year of theological school.

For Residency of CPE: An individual who has successfully completed at least one unit of CPE. And completed or will complete by the start of residency year a theological master’s degree (preferably a Master of Divinity degree).

The “CPE application” and “CPE Supervisory application” can be printed from these links or you can download the application from the ACPE website ( Please be sure to read the application instructions. Explain any items that may be missing from your application submission.

Fall Intern Unit

September 2, 2020 – December 11, 2020 (14 weeks)
Emory University Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital

September 2, 2020 - April 30, 2021 (34 weeks)
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Emory Decatur Hospital

Spring Intern Unit

January 6, 2021 - May 14, 2021 (18 weeks)
Emory University Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Online Spring Intern Unit

February 21 - July 9, 2021 (20 weeks)
Approved Facility Near You

Summer Intern Unit 

June 1, 2021 – August 7, 2021 (10 weeks)
Emory University Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Emory Johns Creek Hospital


May 27, 2020 - May 28, 2021
Still Accepting Applications

Emory University Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
EUH Wesley Woods
EUH Midtown
Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Emory Decatur Hospital


You may email your completed application to:

or via U.S. Mail:

Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare

Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street NE, Room 1303
Atlanta, GA 30308
Attn: Brenda Lopez

We prefer to receive all applications in electronic format via email ( We do, however, accept applications on paper.

If you are sending a paper application, please:

  • DO NOT use staple
  • DO NOT use spiral binding
  • DO NOT use three (3) ring binders
  • DO NOT use page protectors
  • DO NOT send double sided prints. Send only single sided prints.

If you are sending the application electronically, please:

  • Send the application fee to the address above.
  • Email to inform us that your application fee is on its way.

If you have any questions about submitting an application, please call Brenda Lopez at 404-686-2764 or email

The application fee is $60 and is payable by cash, personal check or money order. Please make the check or money order payable to Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare

Emory University Hospital
Robin Brown-Haithco, Director of Spiritual Health

Emory University Hospital is a facility which serves nearly 20,000 patients from all over the world every year. It is an approximately 523-bed tertiary care facility which provides highly specialized emergency medical and surgical care. Emory offers expertise in over 100 specialties and sub-specialties with focuses on the following: Cardiac Care, Transplantation, Oncology, Diagnostic Technology and Neuroscience.

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
CG Gim, Manager of Spiritual Health Education

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Saint Joseph's facility is Atlanta's oldest hospital. Today, the 410-bed, acute-care facility is recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast. Saint Joseph's Hospital is a leader among Georgia health-care providers, respected for its expertise, innovation in health-care delivery and quality of care.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Timothy Park, Director of Spiritual Health

Emory Johns Creek Hospital is a 110-bed hospital featuring some of the most advanced medical technologies available. Serving the city of Johns Creek and the surrounding communities, Emory Johns Creek Hospital offers a full range of services, including Emergency Services staffed with board-certified emergency physicians, surgery, cardiology, oncology, advanced imaging capabilities and intensive care.

Emory University Hospital Midtown
Bridget Piggue, Director of Spiritual Health

Emory Midtown is a 511-bed acute care teaching facility located in downtown Atlanta. The hospital offers a full range of services which includes general medicine, maternal and infant care, orthopedics, and surgery. The patient services include: four adult intensive care units; level III neonatal intensive care unit; The Carlyle Fraser Heart Center, a nationally recognized heart center; an acute pain service and a labor, delivery and recovery unit.

Emory Decatur Hospital
Elizabeth Jackson-Jordan, Director of Spiritual Health

Founded in 1961, Emory Decatur Hospital offers a variety of premier services, including joint replacement, surgical weight loss, mammography, cancer treatment, heartburn solutions, a Medical Fitness Association Certified wellness center, and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international "Baby-Friendly" hospital designation. Emory Decatur Hospital is also a certified Primary Stroke Center. This operating unit has 627 licensed beds located on three campuses which include Emory Decatur Hospital (EDH), Emory Hillandale Hospital (EHH) and Emory Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC).

Emory Wesley Woods Center
Eugene Robinson, Manager of Spiritual Health

Wesley Woods Geriatric Center is made up of facilities which serve geriatric patients who are in independent living, assisted living and nursing home levels of care. It includes a 100-bed specialty facility, an outpatient primary care clinic geared to geriatric patients, a 195-bed nursing care facility, a 201-unit residential retirement facility, and a 22 bed assisted living facility. Wesley Woods is well known for its care of depression, Alzheimer's disease, movement disorders, and rehabilitation.

Spiritual Health Online Program (Internship Only)
Maurice Appelbaum, ACPE Certified Educator

Spiritual Health Online Program is a program for students who are unable to complete a CPE unit from an ACPE accredited center in a traditional way. All students will be supervised by a preceptor at their participating clinical placement site and ACPE Certified Educator (Maurice Appelbaum) with weekly group sessions.

The tuition is $500 for each unit of CPE. However, tuition is waived for the residency program.

Tuition is not refundable after the first week. A refund of $250 is given if the withdrawal occurs during the first week of the unit.

International students should apply to the center of their choice. Once accepted, the student should contact the ACPE national office (email: to apply for a visa. The visa process can take from six to nine months to complete. The visa must be obtained before you can begin CPE. Additional considerations are discussed on the International Student Information page.

No, ACPE credit is not granted for previous work experience. However, your previous work/ministry experience will be considered during the interview/acceptance process.

We are required to hold your final evaluation for ten (10) years. For this reason, we encourage everyone coming through our program to maintain a copy of their evaluation.

  • Competitive compensation including access to Emory health insurance benefits
  • Paid vacation/sick leave and holidays
  • Tuition waived
  • Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) provided by Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics®
  • Spiritual Health Research literacy opportunities

There is a Student Affiliate level of membership with ACPE. Membership with ACPE allows you the opportunity to participate in the National and Regional conferences andsubscribe to The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling and the ACPE News, a quarterly newsletter. Log on to the ACPE website at to retrieve the membership application.