Clinical Pastoral Education Program Residency at WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals

The residency is a year-long, full-time program designed for students who wish to deepen their pastoral skills, examine their vocational commitment, and achieve competence in pastoral care ministry.

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 residency program, applicants must complete and submit the following:

You must:

  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED
  • Be invited to participate in an admissions screening interview
  • Be ordained or commissioned to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE
  • Possess sufficient theological education to actively participate in discussions about theological concepts and ideas (seminary/theological education at the master’s level is preferred)
  • Have completed 1 prior CPE unit. All signed Final Evaluations (student’s and Certified Educator’s) must be submitted with application.

Program learning and service expectations

  • Provide pastoral and spiritual care to patients on assigned units
  • Share on-call call duty with staff, interns, and peers (residents are responsible for all weekend, holiday, and one weekday on-call shift per week)
  • Participate in all educational sessions, including:
    • Verbatim
    • Seminars
    • Patient-care conferences
    • Didactic seminars
    • Individual supervision
    • Designing and leading worship services when on-call on Sundays

Written activities

  • Learning agreements
  • Verbatim
  • Mid-unit evaluations
  • Reflection reports
  • Final evaluations of each unit
  • Mid-year consultations
  • Other assignments


  • Residents receive an annual stipend of $30,500
  • Residents receive $50 in food allowance each month
  • Group health insurance available on the first day of employment
  • Dental, vision, and long-care coverage
  • Twenty-three days for Paid Time Off (PTO) plus seven paid holidays
  • Access to free Wellness Center
  • Monthly group spiritual direction with Spiritual Director trained by the Shalem Institute


  • Nonrefundable application fee – $35
  • Nonrefundable deposit at acceptance – $100
  • Tuition – $325(less deposit) is due the first day of each unit, payable to WVU Hospitals (Total tuition $975)