Program FAQs

General Program FAQ (Read this first)
Full-Time Summer Internship FAQs
Part-Time Extended Unit FAQs
Full-Time Residency Program FAQs

General Program FAQs

Who enrolls in Clinical Pastoral Education Programs?

Participants include seminarians, qualified laypeople, members of religious orders, and other students who have motivation to minister and learn in a multi-faith, collegial, and challenging setting. The curriculum focuses upon competencies in self-awareness, interpersonal relating, pastoral care skills, and ministry development. Each student designs an individualized learning contract. Seminars provide a context for the review of pastoral encounters, the exploration of peer relationships, and in-depth learning through group and individual supervision regarding pastoral practice. All of the CPE programs offered at NewYork-Presbyterian are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

At which campuses does NewYork-Presbyterian offer CPE training?

We offer CPE programs at four of the six main campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital:

NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located on East 68th Street in Manhattan, on the Upper East Side, is the site of the former New York Hospital, and is the second oldest hospital in the country. It is the location of the Weill Cornell Medical College.

NYP/Columbia University Medical Center

NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, located on West 168th Street in Manhattan, in Washington Heights, began as Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1928 and is the world's first medical center to combine complete patient care, medical education and research facilities in a single complex. It is also the site of Columbia University's four medical schools.

NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NY

NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY, located on 166th Street and Broadway, dates itself back to 1887 when it was founded as a Babies Hospital, the first hospital dedicated to the care of babies in New York City. Ranked as the #1 children's hospital in New York City and one of the best in the country, the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY provides leading care in all medical specialties and is internationally known for its pediatric cardiac services.

NYP Allen Hospital

NYP Allen Hospital is located on the northern tip of Manhattan, at Broadway and 220th Street. We are a community hospital and one of the six main campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. We serve northern Manhattan, Riverdale and other communities in the Bronx, and provide services in Spanish to our Spanish-speaking patients and their families. We offer leading care in the intimate setting of a community hospital.

What types of CPE does the NewYork-Presbyterian ACPE program offer?

We offer Level I and Level II CPE training, as well as Supervisory training. Our three CPE training programs include an intensive Summer Internship (11 weeks), an Extended Unit (fall/spring), and a year-long Residency Program. Detailed information about each of these programs can be found by clicking on the name of the program in the list above.

What is the cost of NewYork-Presbyterian ACPE programs?

11-Week Summer Internship: $700 ($150 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance to the program + $550 due on the first day of the unit unless other arrangements have been made with one of the CPE Registrars).

Fall/Spring Extended Unit: $700 ($150 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance to the program + $550 due on the first day of the unit unless other arrangements have been made with one of the CPE Registrars).

Residency Program: $700 ($300 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance to the program + $400 due on the first day of the unit unless other arrangements have been made with one of the CPE Registrars).

Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee for any of our programs.

Are scholarships available?

NewYork-Presbyterian offers a limited number of scholarships to help cover tuition expenses only. Scholarships are only available for the full-time Summer Internship and the Extended Unit. After acceptance into a program, students must pay the non-refundable $150 deposit. Students may then complete a brief application for financial aid for up to $500.00.

Financial aid is dispersed based upon financial need, the amount available in the scholarship fund, and the number of applications received for aid. There are no scholarships for the initial $150 deposit. Financial aid application forms are available through the Pastoral Care & Education Department. Your ecclesial body or seminary may have funds available to help defray the costs of your Clinical Pastoral Education, especially if they require you to take CPE. Be sure to check with them. Scholarships are not available for the Residency Program.

If I submit an application, am I guaranteed a spot in one of your programs?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept everyone who applies. Most years the number of applicants for our ACPE-accredited programs far exceeds the number of available openings. For this reason, we encourage you to apply early if you are interested in any of our educational offerings. We conduct admissions on a rolling basis and our programs often fill up well before the program start dates.

If you are planning to apply for one of our programs we strongly suggest submitting your completed application by the following dates to ensure that you are interviewed:

  • Residency Program: December 18th
  • Summer Full-time Internship: February 1st
  • Extended Unit: September 24th

Please note that your application is not considered "complete" until we have received your three references (academic, denominational, and personal). We will not call you to schedule an interview until your file is complete. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that the file is complete and that we have received all essays, paperwork, and recommendations. If you have questions about the status of your application, feel free to email Karen Berdecia at to make sure we have received your materials. If you would like to have a phone conversation, please email Karen to set-up a day and time.

Also, please note that the essay questions in our application are different from those on the standard ACPE application. We ask you to write a certain number of pages for the autobiographical/reflection essays to demonstrate your capacity to meaningfully reflect upon your life experiences and religious/spiritual journey and to demonstrate your ability to articulate how major experiences have shaped you positively or negatively. We also offer you the option of combining the questions about your personal autobiography and your religious journey.

Who are our ACPE certified supervisors?

  • The Rev. Joseph Collazo (NYP Allen Hospital)
  • The Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover (NYP/Columbia University Medical Center)
  • Rabbi Nathan Goldberg (NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center)
  • Rabbi Naomi Kalish (NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital)

Who is our ACPE Supervisory Education Student?

  • Joel Berning (Education Student)

I would like to work with a certain patient population. Can I choose my unit assignments in the hospital?

We strive to make the ACPE experience rich and meaningful for each of our students and we do take requests for working in certain medical areas into account, particularly if a student has already completed at least one unit of CPE. However, other issues are taken into consideration when making clinical assignments, including the needs of the hospital and particularly the needs of the patients. Your supervisor's assessment of specific educational needs may also be a factor. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that students will be assigned to specific hospital units of their choosing. Most students are assigned to work on multiple units and we do our best to make sure that the mix of units represents a wide range of experience with patients dealing with different medical or psychological issues.

Will I need to work "on-call" if I am accepted into the program?

Yes. All students spend some portion of their training time as the chaplain on-call for the hospital in which they are assigned. All students participate in the rotation for daily on-call while they are already on-site in the hospital. At the Manhattan based campuses, all students also participate in the overnight and weekend on-call rotations. While serving on-call overnight and weekends, students need to remain reasonably close to their clinical site and be ready to respond to pastoral emergencies that may arise during the night. Students should be able to reach the bedside of the patient within 30 minutes of an emergency call. Typically, students also spend some portion of their clinical hours working weekend days at their hospital site. Specific scheduling requirements and on-call procedures vary across the four NewYork-Presbyterian ACPE sites and are worked out in consultation with your supervisor at the start of the unit.

Does the hospital sponsor Visas?

The hospital does not sponsor anyone for Visas. All international students are processed through The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc (ACPE). For further information please visit ACPE's website at:

Full-Time Summer Internship FAQs

When does the 11-week full-time Summer Internship begin?

Typically, our Summer Internship begins the Tuesday after Memorial Day in late May/early June and finishes by mid-August.

At which locations does New-York Presbyterian offer Summer Internships?

We offer extended units at the following clinical sites:

  • NYP/Columbia University Medical Center
  • NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY
  • NYP Allen Hospital

When should I apply for the Summer Internship?

The application process begins in the fall and we encourage you to submit your application by December 18th if you are interested in this program. Admissions are on a rolling basis.

What days are classes held for the Summer Internship?

Students in the full-time Summer Internship work a minimum of 40 hours per week in the hospital. Typically, class/group time is scheduled for approximately 12-15 hours per week, although this may vary from week to week at different sites according to clinical needs and other considerations. The remaining time is spent working in patient care units. Students also will spend some portion of their training time as the chaplain on-call for the hospital during evening and weekend hours, which means they need to remain reasonably close to the hospital and be prepared to respond to pastoral emergencies that may arise during their shift. Summer students also typically work weekend shifts in the hospital. Generally, when someone works a weekend shift, they take a day off during the week when no classes are scheduled. Specific scheduling and on-call requirements differ across the four NewYork-Presbyterian ACPE clinical sites.

What is the typical workload for the Summer Internship?

Our Summer Internship is an intensive action/reflection educational experience. Students work continuously for 11 weeks and complete a minimum of 400 hours of training. This includes the clinical hours spent working as a chaplain intern on one's assigned units in addition to required group/class time. Students also must complete regular homework assignments during their "off" time. The required hours of CPE do not include time during the day at the hospital to complete class assignments. There is a considerable amount of written reflective work assigned during the summer unit. We strongly recommend that persons interested in the Summer Internship not plan to work other jobs or take other courses during these 11 weeks.

Is there housing available to students in the Summer Internship?

Possibly. After acceptance into the program, a student may contact the NewYork-Presbyterian Housing Department to inquire if there are student rooms available for rent for the summer. However, please note that we do not "provide" housing, nor do we pay for or provide any scholarship funds for housing expenses. While many students are able to procure student rooms, we cannot guarantee availability.

Part-Time Extended Unit FAQs

When does the fall/spring Extended Unit begin?

Typically, we run Extended Unit programs at each of our four hospital sites. Most years the Extended Units begin between mid-September and early October (depending on the Jewish High Holy Days) and run through early-mid May of the following year. Exact start dates are set by each supervisor.

At which locations does New-York Presbyterian offer Extended CPE Units?

We offer extended units at the following clinical sites:

  • NYP/Columbia University Medical Center
  • NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY
  • NYP Allen Hospital

When should I apply for the Extended Unit?

The application process begins in the winter and we work on a rolling admissions basis. We encourage you to submit your application by June 15th or earlier if you are interested in this program.

What days are classes held for the Extended Unit?

Class and group times depend on the schedule and availability of both the supervisor and incoming students and varies year-to-year. Classes for the extended unit are held weekly. The exact day and time are different for each campus each year. Check with the supervisor of the program you are interested in to find out the schedule for the upcoming year.

What is the typical workload for the Extended Unit?

Extended CPE Units contain the same elements as full-time units, but they are done over an extended period of time – generally 20-30 weeks rather than 11 weeks. Over the course of the part-time CPE program, students complete a minimum of 400 hours of training. This includes the clinical hours spent working as a chaplain intern on their assigned units, in addition to required group/class time. Students also must complete regular homework assignments during their "off" time. Generally, students are in class/group for approximately 5 hours per week (each program will set its own hours) and work an additional 12-15 hours per week on their assigned clinical units, depending on the length of the Extended Unit.

Extended Unit students also participate in the on-call rotation during evenings and weekends throughout the unit. The length of class time and the amount of clinical hours per week may vary for different groups according to the length of the program, the discretion of the supervisor, the needs of the hospital, and the contracted needs of the student. Students enrolled in our part-time Extended Units generally are able to arrange their clinical hours around other life commitments.

I have other life commitments. What kind of flexibility do I have in my clinical hours?

One of the main reasons people take extended units of CPE is because they have major life commitments that prevent them from being able to do full-time work for three months. Most participants work full-time or are in school full-time. Many have children or other family obligations or a whole variety of other things that make it difficult to do CPE more than part-time. For this reason, we make Extended Units as flexible as possible. While class times are set, clinical hours are much more flexible. During your interview your supervisor will speak with you about the times you are available to work. Most Extended Unit students do their hours in the evening, weekends, and sometimes on their regular days off from their full-time jobs or other schedules. The hours a student needs must be consistent with the needs of the hospital. For example, we do not have chaplains doing routine visits after 9:30 p.m. Most schedules can be accommodated. Speak with the supervisor of the program that you are interested in attending to see what works for that campus.

Is there housing available to Extended Unit students?

No. Unfortunately, we cannot provide housing for Extended Unit students.

Full-Time Residency Program FAQs

What are the requirements for the Residency Program?

The CPE Residency Program is a rigorous course of study and professional training. It is intentionally multi-faith. Applicants for the residency program should demonstrate a high commitment and interest in pursuing such intensive pastoral care training. Residents are expected to start at an advanced level of understanding and experience of the CPE process, and be familiar with its procedures and demands. Therefore, applicants for the Residency Program must have successfully completed one previous unit of ACPE-accredited CPE to be eligible for the NYP Residency Program. Applicants for the residency may have completed more than one previous unit of ACPE CPE.

Successful completion of the unit as preparation for entrance into the Residency Program means that the applicant's supervisory and self-written final evaluations demonstrate the following:

  • An aptitude for the action/reflection model of education
  • Personal maturity
  • Demonstrated ability, or strong potential, to work as a professional in an academic medical setting
  • Successful completion of the Level I outcomes of ACPE

Students should have already completed their Master's degree in theology or a related pastoral field. If they have not yet completed their degree, they must have some Master's level theological/pastoral training and be able to make a compelling case as to why they are pursuing a residency program prior to graduation. Residency applicants must be able to articulate clearly their professional goals and motivation for pursuing intensive pastoral training in this setting. CPE residency programs, from their inception in 1925, have been based on the medical residency model of immersion learning, apprenticeship and on-the-job training. They are highly demanding both educationally and professionally. Residents are employed by the hospital and therefore also must meet all of NewYork-Presbyterian's standards for employment. This is a separate process from the acceptance into the Residency Program. Our residents are educated by highly-trained and respected professionals in CPE and in professional chaplaincy. Residents are expected to function as professionals and they must be able to carry the responsibilities of being part of an elite medical team.

How long is the Residency Program, and when does it start and finish?

The NewYork-Presbyterian Residency Program is a twelve month, three-unit intensive ACPE program. The program begins with new employee orientation in late August and ends one year later. Between each unit there is an integration period in which regular CPE course work ceases for a period of 3-6 weeks and the resident functions primarily as a staff chaplain. Other educational modules are offered during these time periods and residents may utilize their vacation time during these periods.

Is there a salary and are there benefits for students in the Residency Program?

Yes, the basic salary is $35,000. The required on-call coverage pays up to $10,000. Chaplain Residents work as non-exempt employees of NYP.  Therefore, whenever a resident works the overnight shift they are paid time and a half for those additional hours.  This brings approximately $10,000 additional pay to each resident, depending on the actual number of nights covered over the course of the year.

Residents also receive medical, dental, and all benefits available to NYP employees. Residents also may attend the national conference of the Association for Professional Chaplains (APC). The hospital pays for this; it is a substantial financial benefit.

What kinds of employment benefits do CPE Residents receive?

In addition to the three units of ACPE they receive, as NYP employees students may elect to participate in any benefit program the hospital offers. Some of the benefits are listed below.

Health: Residents may select medical, dental, and vision health benefits from a wide variety of options. All employees pay a portion of their benefits and may elect different levels of coverage for themselves (and their families) according to needs and finances. Students should note that there is time-delay for the start of health coverage. Health benefits begin on November 1st for those who begin employment at the end of August.

Health Club: Residents may take advantage of participating in reduced rate health club memberships at locations around the city or they may pay the employee rate for using the on-site gyms available at some campuses.

Retirement: Residents may elect to participate in the Hospital's 403B plan. Contributions to this plan are pre-tax dollars. The NYP retirement plan is with Diversified. NYP does not contribute to 403B plans, nor does it contribute to pension or any other retirement benefits to anyone employed less than one year.

Parking: If a resident chooses to drive, parking is offered at a reduced rate to all employees, if spaces are available. Payments are deducted automatically on a pre-tax basis.

Time-off: Residents are allowed ten paid days-off during the program's duration. This time covers any vacation, denominational days, and, except for emergency situations, must be negotiated in advance with the supervisor and site administrator of the program. Time off must be scheduled during the periods of time between CPE units. Residents also receive the eight paid holidays that the hospital allows for employees. Residents are expected to provide coverage during major holiday periods, including overnight on-call. Any holidays worked are taken off on a different day.

Housing: Residents are eligible to apply for housing through the NewYork-Presbyterian Housing Department after they are accepted into the Residency Program. However, we cannot guarantee that the Housing Department will have rental units available and residents may have to make other arrangements. Check with the Housing Department to find out about availability, rental amounts, and payment options.

Housing Allowance: the Hospital Finance Department has established a contractual method in accordance with the IRS standards that allows for any ordained clergy to declare a portion of their stipend as housing allowance.

Conference Funds: There are funds available for residents to attend the annual Association for Professional Chaplains conference. The amount is determined by the travel, registration, and hotel costs of the conference each year.

When should I apply for the Residency Program?

Interviewing for the Residency Program typically runs from the winter to spring prior to the program's start in late August. If you are interested in the Residency Program, we encourage you to submit your completed application materials by December 18th of the year prior to the program for which you are applying, (i.e., 8 months in advance). Typically we set up two or three interview dates in January and early February to interview all the candidates whose applications demonstrate the most promise. Please note that space is limited in the Residency Program. In a typical year, the number of applications we receive greatly exceeds the number of available slots.

At which locations does NewYork-Presbyterian offer Residency Program CPE training?

We offer residency positions at the following clinical sites:

  • NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NYP/Columbia University Irving Medical Center & NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

What is the workload for the Residency Program?

Typically, residents work a minimum of 40+ hours per week in the hospital for their regularly scheduled work days. Residents are considered part of the hospital and Pastoral Care & Education Department staff. As such, they participate in all aspects of the work of the department, including participating fully in the 24/7 patient care coverage cycle established at each site. 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. Additionally, when CPE units are in session, residents are expected to spend ample time preparing their cases and assignments for presentation in class and group sessions. These hours of homework are done on residents' own "off" time at home or in the library. They may also do them at the hospital before or after their shift. Work shifts, in-house on-call shifts, and class times do not include time for doing homework. We strongly encourage residents not plan to work other jobs, or take heavy course loads during their time in the Residency Program. The Residency Program is designed to be an immersion learning experience in which one learns constantly from doing the actual work of chaplaincy and seriously reflecting upon those experiences with their peer group, supervisor, and individually. It requires a significant commitment of time, energy, and interest to be an effective learning environment. As a major academic medical center and a world class hospital, the pace at NewYork-Presbyterian, as well as the acuity level of the patients, creates an intense environment. It is one of the most dynamic and exciting places to learn and work in the world, and it is also demanding.