Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

CPE Internships

NewYork-Presbyterian offers CPE internships that require a minimum of 400 supervised hours of ministry practice full-time during the summer and part-time during the academic year.  After a thorough orientation, interns are assigned to clinical units where they provide direct care to patients, families and staff while being supervised and supported by educators and preceptors. Participants include seminarians, qualified laypeople, members of religious orders, and other students who have the motivation and appropriate preparation for ministry and who want to learn in a multi-faith, collegial and challenging setting. The curriculum focuses on competencies in pastoral care skills, self-awareness, interpersonal relationship building and ministry development. Each student designs an individualized learning contract and undertakes in-depth learning through group and individual supervision.

Summer Unit Dates & Locations

May 22 – August 4, 2023

40 hours per week includes education seminars and clinical visits. Weekend and evening shifts are part of the rotation. Campus options: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital; and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Extended Unit Dates & Locations

NYP Queens: October 6, 2022 - May 11, 2023. Seminars: Thursdays, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

NYP Allen: October 12, 2022 - May 3, 2023. Seminars: Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Part-time program includes education seminars and 12 hours/week of clinical visits on a flexible schedule. Campus options include NYP Allen Hospital, NYP Columbia University Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Lower Manhattan Hospital and NYP Queens.


$800 ($300 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance to the program + $500 due on the first day of the unit unless other arrangements have been made with one of the CPE Educators). No refunds are available after the first day of the program.

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. NewYork-Presbyterian offers a limited number of scholarships to help cover tuition expenses only. Financial aid is dispersed based on financial need and the scholarship fund budget. There are no scholarships for the initial $300 deposit. After acceptance into the program students may complete a brief application for financial aid for up to $500.00. The financial aid form may be requested from [email protected].