Clinical Pastoral Education

Short Overview

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) has been offered at Duke Health for more than 60 years. We believe excellent training leads to excellent care.

Duke Health is accredited to offer Level I/II and Supervisory CPE by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., located at 1 Concourse Pkwy, Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30328. They can be contacted by phone: 404-320-1472, fax: 404-320-0849, and at

Interfaith Professional Education for Ministry

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith professional education for ministry. People in CPE engage others in crisis and learn from that interaction under the supervision of a certified pastoral educator. CPE is learning that happens in a group setting where students receive and offer feedback on their pastoral ministry. CPE makes the best use of the disciplines of theology, behavioral sciences, and adult education.

CPE is offered at Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital. CPE students have access to the resources of the Duke Divinity School, the Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health. Students are encouraged to use these schools' libraries and their research resources and seminars as part of their CPE learning experience.

Students collaborate in the care of patients and families with the health care team, which comprises dedicated professionals and students from various disciplines. CPE students also learn with and from CPE supervisors, clinical staff chaplains and clinically trained pastoral care volunteers who have a deep passion for pastoral care and theological education.

If you are interested in applying for a CPE Program at Duke University Hospital, please send us an email requesting an application.

If you are interested in applying for a CPE Program at Duke Raleigh Hospital, please send us an email requesting an application.