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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education is graduate level training that aims to form chaplains who are both sensitive and responsive to the diverse world we serve. Through experiential learning in the clinical setting, intensive reflection, feedback, small group work, didactics, and individual supervision, students gain insight, deepen self-awareness, and develop interpersonal and inter-professional skills as they integrate learning into their spiritual care practice.

Learning Environment

Baystate Medical Center is the flagship hospital of Baystate Health. As a Level I Trauma Center and academic teaching hospital, we offer a broad range of acute care clinical opportunities. Clinical experiences within the hospital include critical care, heart-vascular care, progressive/telemetry care, medical/surgical care, pediatrics and neonatal care, oncology, palliative care, maternity, emergency care, and mental/behavioral health.

One of the distinguishing features of the Baystate Health CPE program is the availability of various clinical placement sites within the Baystate Health System and per request beyond, including:

The decision to do clinical hours in a community hospital or long-term care facility along with covering on-call shifts in the trauma center will be discussed with the ACPE Certified Educator, taking into consideration learning goals, special interests, and prior experiences.

Programs Offered

Baystate Health offers two CPE units each year: the Summer Intensive Unit and the Fall Extended Unit. Applications for both units are reviewed as they are received, and students are interviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. We strongly encourage applications for the Summer Unit by November 1 and the Extended Unit by April 1.

  • The Summer Unit typically begins the Tuesday after Memorial Day and ends the first week in August. This unit is a full-time, Monday – Friday commitment. The summer unit will be offered as an expedited extended unit in the future.
  • The Extended Unit typically begins the second week of October and ends in early April. One day per week is group education from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will spend 8-10 hours of clinical time per week on the clinical units and complete two shifts of required on-call coverage in-house to complete the clinical hours. The schedule for clinical hours is negotiated with the educator based on your availability and clinical placements. Both units require weekend and evening on-call coverage. These shifts are negotiated within the peer cohort early in the unit.

Contact and Accreditation

Rev. Ute Schmidt, M.Ed.
Manager, Spiritual Services and Education
Certified ACPE Educator
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199

Accreditation: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

How to Apply

Application Process

Please print, complete, and return the Application Form and the Annual Privacy Notice along with the following documentation:

  1. A full account of your life.
  2. A description of your spiritual growth and development
  3. A description of your work (vocational history)
  4. An account of a “helping incident” in which you were the person that provided the help.

Application and Forms

Download the ACPE application, Annual Privacy Notice, and Reference Form.

Applications will be accepted by mail or email.

Mail or email your application to:

Rev. Ute Schmidt, M.Ed.
Manager, Spiritual Services and Education
Certified ACPE Educator
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199

Please reach out to your references with the Reference form for them to complete and return to us directly.

Tuition and Benefits

Tuition for each unit of CPE is $800.00. A $100.00 acceptance fee is due when you sign and return the acceptance letter, Annual Privacy Notice, and the application documentation. Baystate Health will deduct the fee from the overall tuition cost.

Please make checks payable to Baystate Health – CPE program.

Parking and meals are provided.

Current Training Opportunities

2023-2024 CPE Program

2023-2024 Fall Extended Unit: October 16, 2023-March 31, 2024

Summer 2024: May 6, 2024-August 16, 2024 (extended unit structure)

2024-2025 CPE Program

2024-2025 Fall Extended Unit: October 13, 2024-March 30, 2025

Summer 2025: May 29, 2025-August 6, 2025 (full time)

For further information concerning the program, please email or call Rev. Ute Schmidt at or 413-794-0236.