How to Apply — Clinical Pastoral Education

Application Deadline

More information coming soon regarding deadlines for the CPE Extended Program, Hybrid Summer Program and Residency Program.

We recruit year-round for our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in Richmond, Va. Those who apply early improve their chances to occupy one of the few available spots in each program. If you miss the application deadline, please contact Yhanco Monet for more information.

Application Requirements

1. Download Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) application and email application form and essays to: 

If you prefer, you may mail your CPE application to: 

Spiritual Care Office – CPE
St. Mary’s Hospital
5801 Bremo Rd., Suite 162
Richmond, Va., 23226

2. Application fee, down payment and/or tuition:

Pay online using the payment portal or send a personal check or money order to:

Spiritual Care Office – CPE
St. Mary’s Hospital
5801 Bremo Rd., Suite 162
Richmond, Va., 23226

Please make personal checks or money orders payable to "St. Mary's Hospital Mission Department."

The fee and tuition structure is as follows:

  • $50 non-refundable CPE application fee (please submit with CPE application)
  • $100 down payment to hold the CPE position offered – this cost counts toward tuition
  • $550 tuition: CPE Extended Unit (part-time) and CPE Hybrid Summer Internship (semi-full time) – payment plans are available
  • When offered, there will be no tuition cost for the CPE residency program.

Financial concerns? Please contact CPE manager to discuss your specific situation. Current Bon Secours Mercy Health associates and affiliates may contact the CPE manager to discuss associate benefits.

The CPE manager will follow up with you about next steps.

Candidate Eligibility

Our CPE program goals and outcomes are aligned with those established by ACPE and adapted to each student's learning needs and/or topics of interest.

Requirements for admission to CPE programs include but are not limited to:

  • A completed ACPE application
  • An admission interview with a qualified interviewer for persons applying for an initial unit of CPE to determine readiness for clinical learning
  • Either graduation from high school/completion of a GED or ordination by a religious/spiritual tradition or commission to function in spiritual care by an appropriate religious/spiritual authority as determined by ACPE
  • Fulfillment of education or experience requirements established by the ACPE accredited center
  • Satisfactory completion of hospital onboarding requirements
  • A signed Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form
  • For the CPE residency program, we prefer candidates who have already completed 1 unit of CPE. Also, we prioritize candidates who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree and who possess a Master of Divinity or theological equivalent. However, our commitment to diversity allows us to make exceptions for candidates with a less traditional career path. If this is your case, please contact the CPE manager at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va. for more information and discernment. 

CPE candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We advocate for diversity and understand that each person has a unique situation.