Clinical Pastoral Education Extended Internship Program (CPE Level I) at West Virginia University Medicine
CPE Level I addresses the fundamentals of pastoral formation, competence, and reflection through one or more program units.
The Extended Unit
This unit is open to seminarians, clergy seeking continuing education, and qualified lay persons.
The extended unit consists of:
- Thirteen hours per week for 30 weeks
- Plus 10 on-call days/overnights from mid-January through the end of July. (16-hour periods on week nights)
- Five hours of formal class time (Mondays from1 pm – 6:30 pm)
- A minimum of eight hours direct patient service time weekly (flexed to meet student’s individual schedules)
- One additional hour, every other week for individual supervision
WVU Medicine’s Clinical Pastoral Education program follows the standards and guidelines of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. To be considered for admission to the CPE I program, applicants must complete and submit the following:
- Complete the ACPE application
- Complete the essay questions
- Submit three references
- Submit application fee of $35 payable to WVUM
You must be:
- A high school graduate or possess a GED
- Invited to participate in an admissions screening interview
NOTE: Ordination by a faith community or commission to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority is preferable.
Program learning and service expectations:
- Provide pastoral and spiritual care to patients as assigned
- Share on-call call duty with staff and peers
- Participate in all educational sessions, including:
- Patient-care conferences
- Covenant groups
- Didactic seminars
- Role-play seminars
- Individual supervision
Written activities include:
- Learning agreement
- Mid-unit evaluations
- Reflection reports
- Final evaluation
Extended students receive a meal allowance.
- Nonrefundable application fee – $35
- Nonrefundable deposit at acceptance – $100
- Tuition – $450 (less deposit) is due the first day of the program, payable to WVUM
- Limited financial assistance is available for qualified program participants. To request assistance, please complete the Application for Financial Assistance.