You are using an older version of Internet Explorer that is not supported on this site. Please upgrade for the best experience.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith professional education program for ministry and spiritual care. As an experience-based learning program, CPE combines daily service in hospital ministry to patients, staff, and families through small group work, intensive reflection and feedback, and individual supervision.

The basic three-fold purpose of CPE is:

  • To learn the skills of pastoral ministry
  • To know and use theological reflection in the practice of ministry
  • To know and experience one's self as a pastoral person.

Baystate Medical Center currently offers Level I and Level II curriculum within the context of summer and extended CPE units. Level I CPE addresses basic competencies and issues of pastoral reflection, information, identity and functioning in one or more units of CPE. Level II CPE addresses advanced competencies and issues of pastoral function, reflection and integration.Baytstate Medical Center is an accredited CPE center of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE).

Summer Program 

An intensive unit assists students with development of their personal and pastoral identity and growth of their professional competence in ministry.  

Extended Program 

This part-time program assists students, clergy, and selected lay professionals in learning new skills in ministry and exploring a new career in ministry.  The program begins in October and ends in April. 

Admission Requirements 


There is no formal application deadline: applications are interviewed until the class is full.

Time Requirements 

All students are required to provide some overnight in-house, on-call weeknight and weekend coverage. Summer students are scheduled for a 40-hour work week.  Extended unit students attend class on Wednesdays and schedule clinical hours as negotiated with the supervisor. 

Parking and meals are provided.


Current Training Opportunities

All programs are tailored to the individual learning goals of the student. Baystate Medical Center is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

CPE Summer - Tuition: $800. May 31, 2016 to August 12, 2016

CPE group meets Mondays and Wednesdays for educational sessions from 8:30am - 4:00pm. Clinical hours are 15 per week and will be scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:30am - 5:00pm. Three on-site overnight shifts per month.

Designed primarily for seminarians, qualified lay persons, local clergy, teachers, social workers desiring skills refinement and others who wish to explore more generally their vocation in ministry. The program involves over 400 hours of which at least 100 hours are devoted to educational programs and the practice of ministry. The curriculum integrates the experience of ministry with theology, personal history, behavioral sciences and spiritual development.

CPE Extended - Tuition: $800. October 6, 2016 to April 6, 2017

Class meets on Mondays from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Six hours of clinical time per week are required. Two on-site overnight on-call shifts per month.

Designed as a continuing education experience for selected lay persons and clergy to deepen one's own spirituality, learn new skills in one's ministry and explore a new career in the ministry. Program includes weekly classes, six clinical hours per week of spiritual care, and on-call opportunities. Students in the program will have the opportunity to be part of the interfaith worship rotation. The program involves at least 400 hours, of which, at least 100 are devoted to education programs and the balance to the practice of ministry.

Parking and meals are provided during clinical on-call hours in all programs.

For more information, please contact:

Reverend Ute Schmidt
Manager, Spiritual Services Department
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut St. (postal address)
Springfield, MA 01199

Phone: (413) 794-2899

Applications and Forms

Print and complete the following documents:

Reference Form

Mail to:

Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01199
Attn: Rev. Ute Schmidt
Manager of Spiritual Services