The WVU Medicine Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship is a part-time, volunteer program open to seminarians, clergy seeking continuing education, and qualified laypersons. The Level I program follows the standards and guidelines of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

The CPE internship consists of:

  • Providing pastoral and spiritual care to patients as assigned
  • Class time, clinical time, and individual supervision on Mondays, 7:30 am – 4 pm
  • Clinical work (total of 300 hours completed at either J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, United Hospital Center, or Camden Clark Medical Center), including at least:
    • Eight overnight on-calls
    • Twenty-one to 25 8-hour clinical shifts
  • Participation in evaluations and educational seminars and conferences

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the CPE Level I internship program, applicants must:

  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED.
  • Be invited to participate in an admissions screening interview. Proxy interviews with a qualified ACPE Certified Educator will be considered for internships.
  • Complete the application for Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • Submit a check or money order for $35, payable to WVU Hospitals.

Mail completed documents to:
Matthew Johnson
WVU Medicine Spiritual Care and Education
PO Box 8008
Morgantown, WV 26506

For questions or more information, contact Matthew Johnson at 304-598-4000, ext. 73060, or Matthew.Johnson4@WVUMedicine.org.

Note: Ordination by a faith community or commission to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority is preferable for admission.

Internship costs

  • Non-refundable application fee – $35
  • Non-refundable deposit at acceptance – $100
  • Tuition – A $450 deposit is due the first day of the program. Make checks payable to WVU Hospitals.

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