**Currently accepting applications for all programs. Tuition is free for all students who complete their clinical hours at Ochsner locations. **
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an action/reflection based professional education for ministry. It brings ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others), theological students, allied health professionals and qualified lay persons into supervised encounter with persons in crisis.
Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers, ACPE certified educator(s), mentors, CPE trainees develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships.
CPE at Ochsner Medical Center
CPE curriculum at Ochsner Medical Center emphasizes pastoral relationships and integration of head and heart. CPE curriculum integrates personal history, behavioral sciences, theology, spiritual direction and professional development. Spiritual care staff, clinical specialists, professional advisory group and community members lend their experience in their areas of specialty and interest.
- Ochsner Medical Center, a 767-bed general medical surgical hospital, is the flagship facility for Ochsner Health.
- Ochsner Medical Center has been consistently rated one of the nation's best hospitals by US News.
- Ochsner Medical Center is located near Uptown New Orleans and includes acute and sub-acute facilities and centers of excellence: Ochsner Cancer Institute, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Center and Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute.
- New Orleans is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music and its annual celebrations and festivals.
- Ochsner Medical Center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). ACPE accredited programs are recognized by the United States Department of Education as providing professional formation for ministry.
- CPE Extended Unit Program
- CPE Summer Intensive Program
- CPE Residency Program
How to Apply
Please send applications to the CPE department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications and Forms:
For more information, please contact The CPE department at email@example.com or (504) 842-4614/ (504) 842-8226 if you have any questions about the CPE program at Ochsner Medical Center.
We would like to offer special thanks to our generous donors who have supported this program.
• Ann Koerner and Family
• Erik F. Johnsen and Family
• Dolly Ann Johnsen Chaplaincy Fund
• Frank B. Stewart, Jr. Foundation Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation
• Ochsner Pastoral Care Endowment
• Ochsner Clinic Foundation
• Baptist Community Ministries
CPE Residency Program 2022-2023
Ochsner Medical Center Chaplain Residents are an integral part of the spiritual care team as well as the interdisciplinary team. Chaplain residents provide regular on-call coverage including weekends.
- Stipend: (approximately) $35,568 + paid time off and full employee benefits.
- Tuition: Covered for all students completing clinical hours at Ochsner facilities.
This residency program includes four full units of Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and offers advanced training in clinical pastoral care, emphasizing the evidence-based practice of spiritual care.
Residents experience clinical assignments that provide in-depth exposure to specialty areas, enabling each resident to become an integral part of the healthcare team as a part of a strong spiritual care and education department, functioning with a high degree of autonomy and accountability. They participate in all aspects of the ministry of the department, including participating in the 24/7 spiritual care coverage cycle. This means that residents will be on-call a substantial amount of time during the year on weekends and holidays.
Between each unit there is are “clinical weeks” in which regular CPE course work ceases for a period of two weeks. The resident functions primarily as a staff chaplain. Asynchronous educational modules are offered during these time periods and residents may utilize their vacation time during these periods.
The CPE Residency Program is a rigorous course of study and professional training. Applicants for the residency program should demonstrate a high commitment and interest in pursuing such intensive pastoral care training and must be able to clearly articulate their professional goals and motivation for intensive training. Residents are employed by the hospital and must meet all Ochsner Medical Center’s standards for employment.
- A bachelor's degree and some theological education from your religious tradition.
- A theology degree at the master's level from an accredited school or equivalent.
- One prior unit of CPE.
- Ordination or commission to function in ministry or in the process of.
CPE Extended Unit (part-time) Program
The Extended Unit program of CPE is designed for seminary students, ordained clergy in active ministry, members of religious orders and qualified laypersons. This program integrates training in a clinical setting with seminar, group process, and one-on-one work with an accredited CPE supervisor or educator. Consequently, CPE students actively serve people in crisis while strengthening their personal, professional and theological capacities through reflecting upon, understanding and growing from the lived experience of ministry. Intensive interaction with peers, staff, seminar leaders, and the educator, helps students to develop new awareness of themselves as persons and professional pastoral care providers.
The Extended Unit option is often chosen by seminary students or by those who have outside commitments in active ministry. This option can also be chosen by those who do not have a theological degree at the master’s level and plan to be certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). This part-time CPE allows time for them to work on accumulating academic credits required by APC while they are doing the Extended Unit of CPE.
The Extended Unit is based on a semester model, either in-person or online (depending on group availability). Extended Units, fall/winter (Aug. to Jan.) and winter/spring (Feb to July) are offered at Ochsner CPE Center. This part-time CPE meets one day per week for class with the exception of the first week of orientation. Also, students will engage in at least 16 hours per week of clinical ministry at their assigned clinical site (site placements at non-Ochsner locations can be approved, but must be done before the beginning of the unit), providing spiritual care to patients, families and staff. In addition, on-site students will participate in on-call duty at Ochsner Health an average of two times per month on weekends.
Tuition: Covered for all students completing their clinical hours at Ochsner locations. For all others, the fee is $250 and is due at the midway point of the unit.
Meal tickets while serving on-call duty
- High school graduate and some theological education from your religious tradition.
- Undergraduate degree from the CHEA-member organization with concentration in divinity/theology/religious studies and/or a master’s degree with concentration in divinity/theology/religious studies from a CHEA-member organization.
- Ordination or commission to function in ministry/pastoral care or in the process toward.
CPE Summer Intensive Unit Program
This CPE Summer Intensive Unit is primarily for students who are enrolled in an accredited seminary and who are taking this unit to fulfill a denominational or seminary requirement for CPE as field education placement. This option can also be chosen by ordained clergy, members of religious orders or qualified lay persons who plan to move towards professional chaplaincy.
Students will provide spiritual care coverage to their assigned units in cooperation with a staff chaplain. In addition, students will participate in on-call duty (weekend/holiday) an average of 3 to 4 times a month. The clinical site will be on of the hospitals in Ochsner Health including Ochsner Medical Center, Jefferson Highway, New Orleans.
The summer unit begins the first week of June and concludes in mid-August. The unit comprises a minimum of 300 hours of clinical work (patient care) and a minimum of 100 hours of group education. This program integrates training in a clinical setting with verbatim, integrative seminars, interpersonal relationship seminars (IPR), case study reflection, didactic presentations and one-on-one work with an accredited CPE supervisor/educator. Consequently, CPE students actively serve people in crisis while strengthening their personal, professional and theological capacities through reflecting upon, understanding and growing from lived experience of ministry. Intensive interaction with peers, staff, seminar leaders and the educator helps students to develop new awareness as persons and professional pastoral care providers.
Summer Intensive 2022 Unit Dates
- 1st week in June through 2nd week in August
- Tuition: Covered for all students completing their clinical hours at Ochsner locations. For all others, the cost is $250 that is due at the midway point of the unit.
- Meal tickets while serving on-call duty
- Required: High school graduate and some theological education from your religious tradition.
- Preferred: Undergraduate degree from the CHEA-member organization with concentration in divinity/ theology/religious studies and/or a master’s degree with concentration in divinity/theology/religious studies from a CHEA-member organization.
- Ordination or commission to function in ministry/pastoral care or in the process toward.