Clinical Pastoral Education Extended Internship Program at WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals

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, beginning on August 26, 2019, consists of:

  • Class time, Clinical time, and Individual Supervision on Wednesdays 7:30 am – 4 pm
  • Clinical work (total of 300 hours), including at least:
    • Eight 16-hour overnight on-calls (4 pm – 8 am)
    • Eight 8-hour clinical shifts at WVU Hospitals
  • Additional clinical hours (-can be completed at WVU Hospitals or approved clinical placement [Clinical Placement Contract required]-)

Admission requirements

WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals’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:

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:
    • Verbatim
    • Seminars
    • Patient-care conferences
    • CPE peer group
    • Didactic seminars
    • Individual supervision

Written activities

  • Learning agreement
  • Verbatim
  • Mid-unit evaluations
  • Reflection reports
  • Final evaluation


  • Nonrefundable application fee – $35
  • Nonrefundable deposit at acceptance – $100
  • Tuition – $450 (less deposit) is due the first day of the program, payable to WVU Hospitals