Clinical Pastoral Education Application

Admissions Procedure

  • Complete the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) application.
  • An ACPE educator will respond within one month of receiving your application to let you know of your application status.
  • Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the supervisory staff.
  • Residency applicants may interview with Pastoral Advisory Committee members.

Information and Application

Complete the ACPE application, then download and save your completed application file. Send your completed application, including all requested attachments (see page 2 of the application form), to Applicants also must mail a $50 application fee (check made payable to Norton Healthcare) to:

Patti Browning, CPE secretary
Norton Healthcare Pastoral Care Dept.
Norton Healthcare Pavilion, Suite 525
315 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 629-2103

Student Intern Positions

Chaplain intern positions are unpaid. A clinical pastoral education (CPE) unit consists of 400 hours of clinical training. Three programs are offered each year.

  • Unpaid student position
  • Earn ACPE CPE unit
  • Eligible for seminary or college course credit
  • Parish/congregational ministry hours may be credited to the required hours


  • College degree
  • Some theological education preferred
  • A faith group recommendation letter if not enrolled in seminary

Tuition: $850 per unit plus $50 application fee
Deadline to apply: One month prior to unit beginning date or until the program is full

Upcoming dates:

  • Spring (25 hours weekly for 16 weeks): Begins on third Monday of January
  • Summer (40 hours weekly for 12 weeks): Begins the Tuesday after Memorial Day
  • Fall (25 hours weekly for 16 weeks): Begins on third Monday of August

Residency Positions

Chaplain residents are paid employees for a one-year training program.

  • Six resident chaplain positions are available.
  • One senior resident chaplain position is available.
  • Applications are accepted until the positions are filled.
  • Three CPE units are included.
  • Employment begins the third Monday of August.
  • Health care benefits are available at employee rates.
  • Stipend: $38,126 annually

Tuition: $500 per unit


  • 1 ACPE unit
  • Theological degree preferred

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