Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is:

  • Experience-based theological education for seminarians, clergy and lay persons of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith/spiritual traditions.
  • Part of an effort early in the 20th century to bridge the gap between science and the religious/spiritual experience.
  • The integration of one’s personal history, faith/spiritual tradition and the behavioral sciences in the practice of spiritual care.
  • Focused on assisting students’ learning in the areas of self-awareness and ministry skills development.
  • An educational methodology based on a student-centered learning model and an action/reflection model.
  • Multidisciplinary, composed of professionals from various backgrounds.

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (B-UMCP) is a premier academic medical center that serves the metro Phoenix community and is a statewide referral center for Level I trauma care, high-risk obstetrics, cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as for pancreas, liver, kidney and heart transplant services.

The hospital shares its campus with the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Rehabilitation Institute and serves a diverse and multicultural population.

  • Accredited ACPE Center
    Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
    1111 E. McDowell Road
    Phoenix, AZ 85006 
    Phone: (602) 839-8156

B-UMCP is fully accredited by the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.  This accreditation is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

  • ACPE
    55 Ivan Allen Jr Boulevard, Suite 835
    Atlanta, GA 30308

CPE Residency

Begins August/September each year and continues through August of the following year. Credit is for three units (1200 hours) of Level I and Level II CPE over 12 months.  With only four positions available, the Residency program is highly competitive, rigorous and demanding.  It is also designed for those who have clinical chaplaincy as a professional career path.

Our Residency is different from other CPE programs we offer in three ways: 1. The program prepares students to meet the minimum requirements for Board Certification upon graduation.  2.  It exposes students to the full experience of being a full-time chaplain in a clinical setting.  3.  It is the only CPE program in the Banner Health System and the greater Phoenix area and offers a paid stipend with full employee benefits.

  • Dates for 2020-2021
    • August 23, 2020 – August 13, 2021
    • Deadline for application: March 31, 2020.
  • Class Schedule
    • CPE classes are held once a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Clinical Schedule
    • Students are expected to be in the hospital from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day spending time on their assigned floors providing spiritual care when not in class.  Clinical time will average 28 hours a week.
  • On-Call Responsibilities
    • On-call coverage for trauma and hospital emergencies rotates and is negotiated monthly between students and on-call staff. Rotations are in-house 12-hour shifts: 8am-8pm and 8pm-8am.  On-call spiritual care coverage is 24/7 weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Work hours do not exceed 44 weekly including both educational and clinical hours.
  • CPE Residency Requirements
    • One previous Level I ACPE CPE unit
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • M.Div., M.Th. or equivalent completed or in progress
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Ordination/endorsement or equivalency completed or in progress
  • Benefits
    • Stipend: $27,040
    • Banner Health employee benefits (including medical, dental, 401(K) and paid time off)
    • Monthly meal credit

Extended CPE Units

  • Extended CPE units are part-time programs designed especially for those students who are employed or enrolled in other educational courses and who can attend CPE only on a part-time basis.
  • Students pursuing certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), or National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) are offered the possibility of completing four consecutive Extended CPE Units with a comprehensive, sequential Level I and Level II CPE curriculum.
  • Every unit, whether taken as a single unit or as part of four consecutive units, requires a separate admission process.
  • Although part-time CPE units are flexible in nature, there will still be a significant time commitment involved.  Due to the intensity of the program, we recommend that you carefully plan your personal and professional schedules during the months of the program, allowing enough hours to complete all clinical and educational hours, as well as self-care.
  • Both Spring and Fall extended units offer CPE Level I and Level II programs that vary in length and involve attendance to one weekly educational sessions, individual supervision sessions, and 60 monthly hours of clinical work, including participation to the on-call day and night shift rotation.
  • Dates for 2020-2021
    • Fall 2020
      • September 10, 2020 – February 11, 2021
    • Spring 2021
      • January – May, 2021
      • March – August, 2021
    • Fall 2021
      • September, 2021 – February, 2022
  • Admission requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Theological studies completed or in progress
    • Students pursuing certification as chaplains must have a MDiv (or equivalent)., faith group ordination/endorsement or equivalent

Full-Time Intensive Summer CPE Unit

  • This is an 11-week Level I CPE unit designed for seminarians and other graduate students/community members who need/want to complete a unit of CPE as part of their studies.
  • Summer intensive units are also available to others who might not necessarily be in graduate school but wish to complete a unit of CPE faster than the extended program.
  • Students are expected to be in the hospital 40-44 hours per week.
  • Clinical time will average 30 hours per week. Students take part in the on-call day and night shift rotation.
  • Dates for 2020
    • June 1 - August 14, 2020
  • Dates for 2021
    • June 1 – August 13, 2021
  • Admission requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Theological studies completed or in progress

Tuition and Application Fee All Programs

  • Application Fee
    • Non-refundable $50, which will be applied to tuition if applicant is accepted
    • Application fee can be paid via check or money order to BUMCP-CPE  to the address listed at the bottom of this page
    • Online pay can be utilized with our online payment link
    • Deadline to apply: March 31 each year.
  • Deposit
    • If accepted into a CPE unit, a $50 deposit is required to reserve your position in the class
  • Tuition
    • $650 per CPE Residency unit

For more information about our CPE programs, please contact our faculty:

  • ACPE Certified Educator
  • Phone: (602) 839-8067
  • Address:
    • Spiritual Care Department
      Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
      1111 E. McDowell Road
      Phoenix, AZ 85006
  • View the CPE Application