Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Program Highlights

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, an 555-bed general medical surgical hospital, is the flagship facility for Ochsner Health System.
  • Ochsner Medical Center has been consistently rated one of the US' 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 Residency Program 2018 - 2019

Learn more about the Residency Program.

CPE Extended Unit Program 2019

Learn more about the Extended Unit Program.

How to Apply

Ochsner Medical Center accepts the standard application of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, which can be obtained at:

Please send applications along with a non-refundable application fee of $25 fee, payable to Ochsner Medical Center, to: Gina Robinson, Spiritual Care & Education Department, 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121

Applications and Forms

About CPE Educator

Rev. Young-ki Eun started his CPE journey in 1999 at Toronto General Hospital, Canada. He completed his CPE Residency at New York Presbyterian - Cornell Medical Center, and his CPE Supervisory Training at the Health Care Chaplaincy, New York. He was certified by ACPE as an Associate Supervisor in 2009 and as a full-Supervisor in 2013. His work as a CPE supervisor includes New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, The Hospital of St. Raphael (now, Yale New Haven Hospital-St Raphael Campus), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, and New York Theological Seminary.

Rev. Eun is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He graduated from the University of Toronto/ Knox College with the Master of Divinity degree. He has also completed postgraduate studies in Theology, English, Linguistics, Psychoanalytic Studies, and a four-year clinical training in Psychotherapy.

As an ACPE Certified Educator, Rev. Eun has a passion for empowering chaplain residents and interns to gain a deeper connection with their authentic selves in a genuine, diverse and trustworthy learning environment. He also has a passion for empowering them to forge and strengthen their own personal and professional identity in their spiritual care ministry of compassion, narrowing the gap between embedded, confessed, and operational theology, along with the integration of head and heart.

Rev. Eun highly values genuine personal, professional relationships with empathy, mutual respect and mutual empowerment. He is energized by Ochsner's mission to "Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.” He brings to Clinical Pastoral Education at Ochsner his twenty (20) years’ experience working as a CPE Educator, chaplain, university faculty member and parish minister. He enjoys swimming, listening to music and walking in the woods. He is married to Eun-Joo, an ordained Methodist minister from whom he continues to enhance his self-awareness on a daily basis!

For More Information

Please contact Rev. Young-ki Eun at or or at 504-842-8226 if you have any questions about the CPE program at Ochsner Medical Center.

General information about CPE can also be obtained at:


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


Ochsner’s ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education Program accrediting agency is:
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030

CPE Residency Program 2018 - 2019

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 overnights on weekdays and weekends. Accommodations are provided at Ochsner for on-call duty.

  • Residency Year: August 27, 2018 - August 23, 2019 (12-month, 3 Unit Program)
  • Stipend: $29,000 + Paid Time Off & Full Employee Benefits
  • Tuition: $ 250 for each CPE Unit ($750 total)
  • Pre-requisite: A theological degree at the master’s level from an accredited theological school, or equivalent, and one prior unit of ACPE CPE
  • Application Fee: $25

This residency program includes three full units of ACPE-accredited clinical pastoral education and offers advanced training in clinical pastoral care, emphasizing the integration of head and heart.

Residents experience clinical assignments that provide in-depth exposure to specialty areas, enabling each resident to become an integral part of the health care team as a part of a strong Spiritual Care & Education Department, functioning with a high degree of autonomy and accountability. They participate in all aspects of the ministry of Spiritual Care & Education Department, including participating fully in the 24/7 spiritual care coverage cycle. This means that residents will be on-call a substantial amount of time during the year, including overnights on weekdays and weekends, as well as working full shifts on weekend days, as needed.

Residents are engaged in meaningful, challenging ministry, while strengthening their personal, professional and theological capacities through reflecting upon, understanding, and growing from the lived experience of ministry. Residents are able to enhance their sense of personal, professional identity, to strengthen their capacity for theological reflection, to improve their pastoral ministry skills, and to deepen their own spirituality.

Between each unit there is an "integration period" in which regular CPE course work ceases for a period of 4-5 weeks. The resident functions primarily as a staff chaplain. 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 articulate clearly their professional goals and motivation for the intensive training. Residents are employed by the hospital and therefore also must meet all of Ochsner Medical Center’s standards for employment.


New Employee Orientation and beginning of clinical ministry: August 27 – August 31, 2018.
First Unit: September 4 – November 30, 2018.
Integrative period
Second Unit: January 2 – March 29, 2019.
Integrative period
Third Unit: April 29 – July 26, 2019.
Integrative period continues through August 23, 2019.


$29,000 + Paid Time Off & Full Employee Benefits.


$250 for each unit (total $750).
$250 security deposit is required within 2 weeks of being accepted. This non-refundable deposit is applied to the first unit tuition.



Required - A theological degree at the master’s level from an accredited theological school, or equivalent. Preferred - Master of Divinity.


One prior unit of ACPE CPE is required and ordination or commission to function in ministry/ pastoral care or in the process toward ordination or commission are preferred for the Residency Program.

CPE Extended Unit (part-time) Program 2019 - 2020

This 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 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 supervisor, 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. Two Extended Units, Fall/Winter (September ~ Early January) and Winter/ Spring (Late January ~ May) are offered at Ochnser CPE Center. This part-time CPE meets one day per week for class, normally on Mondays, with the exception of the first two weeks of orientation where students should be prepared to spend two or three days each week. Also, students will engage in, at least, sixteen (16) hours per week in clinical ministry at their assigned clinical site, providing spiritual care to patients, families and staff. In addition, students will participate in on-call duty at Ochsner Health System an average of two times each month. CPE Extended Unit Program at Ochsner also offers opportunities for congregational/community based ministry.

  • Duration of Winter/Spring CPE Extended Unit: January 21, 2019 - May 24, 2019
  • Duration of Fall/Winter CPE Extended Unit: September 9, 2019 – January 10, 2020
  • Tuition: $250
  • Application Fee: $25


  • Meal tickets while serving on-call duty



Required – A bachelor degree from an accredited college or equivalent.

Preferred - Undergraduate degree from the CHEA-member organization with concentration in divinity/ theology/religious studies and/or Master’s Degree with concentration in divinity/ theology/religious studies from a CHEA-member organization or equivalent (completed or in process) preferred


Ordination or commission to function in ministry/ pastoral care or in the process toward ordination or commission are preferred for the Extended Unit Program.

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