Who is eligible to enroll in CPE?
Persons eligible for admission to the UIC CPE program
are seminarians, ministers, religious professionals and lay
persons who demonstrate the aptitude, ability and potential
for ministry in a professional setting.
The UIC program is committed to giving fair and thorough
consideration of all qualified applicants regardless of
their race, gender, age, faith group, national origin,
sexual orientation or disability.
A completed CPE Application form. The application form
must be downloaded from the www.acpe.edu website (face
sheet with applicantís information and essay question
answers must be included in the submitted application
packet) and sent to the following address:
Interfaith Chaplaincy-Clinical Pastoral Education
St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care
1911 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
or by FAX to 323.225.9096
A non-refundable $50 Application fee
must be submitted along with studentís completed
A formal acceptance letter from the
Urban Interfaith Chaplaincy inviting prospective to join
Once accepted into the program,
students must submit a non-refundable deposit of $150
with a letter, indicating their commitment to
participate, to reserve their place in the unit they
enrolled in. This fee will go towards the payment of
studentís required tuition fee of $625. Student will be
responsible for paying the remainder of their tuition
fee on the first day of the CPE they enrolled in or by
an agreed payment plan they have negotiated with the St. Camillus Center.
After reserving their placement in
their CPE unit, student is responsible for completing a
Hospital health clearance and background investigation
prior to first day of the CPE unit by contacting the
LAC+USC Department office Manager, Armando Garcia (tel.
323-409-4715) to schedule an appointment. This protocol
is only necessary for students planning to complete
their clinical hours in the LAC + USC Medical Center.
Those doing clinical hours at other sites will be
required to follow that siteís health clearance and
background check protocols and should be negotiated with
their site mentor.
A site fee of $3,000 must be paid to
the Urban Interfaith Chaplaincy CPE program for the
studentís supervision while they are performing their
clinical hours as an intern at a site other than the LAC
+ USC Medical Center. This fee will be negotiated
between the site and Urban Interfaith Chaplaincy program
administrator, Fr. Chris Ponnet. In the event a
studentís chosen site is not willing to pay this fee,
the student may negotiate to pay this fee for their
supervision while ministering off-site. This will be
negotiated between the student and the UIC clinical
administrator, Fr. Chris Ponnet.
Students planning to do their
clinical ministry off-site will need to identify a
person at their clinical site to serve as their clinical
mentor and point-person to interface with the Urban
Interfaith Chaplaincy CPE Supervisor.
Studentís hours of practical
ministry must be documented by a third party at studentís
clinical site. Such persons will be held accountable for
verifying and insuring student has completed their
required clinical hours as indicated in the ACPE
standards and as approved by the UIC
Students interested in participating
in UICís work-study program and receiving a partial
scholarship in exchange for their performance of extra
clinical hours in LAC+USC Medical Centerís Emergency
Department should express their interest in writing and
include this with their application materials.
Once a prospective studentís completed application has
been reviewed by our CPE faculty, the applicant may be
invited to St. Camillus Center for an admission interview.
The purpose of this interview is both to acquaint the
applicant with the program and to learn more about the
applicant in a personal encounter.
If the applicant lives too far away to come to our Los
Angeles center, they may be interviewed by a local CPE
supervisor from an accredited ACPE center near them and have
them submit an evaluation summary of their interview to Urban Interfaith Chaplaincy. Telephone
interviews may be available in exceptional circumstances,
although not preferred.
- Academic preparation: Bachelorís degree and
theological education, generally at least one year at
the graduate level or specialized training in the
applicantís faith tradition.
- Educational readiness: motivation, openness to
clinical learning, participation in individual and group
supervision, and capacity for self-reflection and
critique of oneís ministerial practice.
- Aptitude for interpersonal work: capacity to
function professionally in a hospital environment and
ability to minister in a multi-cultural, multi-faith
- Writing and word-processing skills sufficient to
manage use of the hospitalís computerized information
systems and to produce weekly assignments, off-site.
- Practical considerations related to fulfilling
requirements of program, including clinical assignments,
educational components, and on-call responsibilities.
We do not have application deadlines. Dates of UIC CPE
units are posted on the website, www.urbanchaplaincy.org.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Within two (2) weeks of receipt, applicants will be
informed of available openings and the status of their
applications, including when to expect an interview and/or
decision. Persons accepted into the program will be informed
in writing and allowed 10 days to accept an offer of
admission by sending in a $150 non-refundable deposit with a
cover letter indicating their intent to participate in the
next UIC CPE unit.
Being accepted into one unit of CPE at UIC does not
guarantee a studentís placement in consecutive CPE units.
Students must re-apply for each CPE unit they wish to be
enrolled in. Applicants not accepted into the program will
be informed in writing. Any application not accepted for
admission will be destroyed unless the applicant requests in
writing that it be returned to the applicant, or retained
for consideration for future units of CPE.