Admissions Policy

UAB Medicine 2Line-WITH TAGLINEIn harmony with the Standards of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., the UAB Department of Pastoral Care and Education does not discriminate against any person for reasons of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability or military status. Equal access to educational opportunities is extended to all qualified persons. All members of the Department and the Professional Advisory Group are expected to ensure that this policy is enforced.

At all levels, the CPE intern/resident must sustain sufficient physical and emotional health to deliver pastoral care. The student must demonstrate the capacity to establish and maintain relationships at significant levels and be open to learning, change and growth. The CPE intern/resident must demonstrate a capacity to endure at least moderate amounts of chaos which is a normal part of health institutionsā€™ culture.Ā  In addition, they must demonstrate an ability to communicate with proficiency in the English language both orally and in writing.

For an optimal educational experience, the CPE peer group will be structured for maximum diversity; meaning that in so far as candidate selection permits, groups will have religious, denominational, racial, gender, age, and other variables taken into account to offer students the most heterogeneous experience possible.

The formal admission criteria and process vary depending upon the level and duration of the program.Ā  The application process includes the submission of a standard ACPE application form, a $50 non-refundable application fee, and an admissions interview by the CPE Supervisor and at least one member of the Professional Advisory Group/Staff Chaplain.Ā  For resident positions, the admissions interview will include the CPE Supervisor and at least oneĀ members of the advisory group/staff chaplain.

After receipt of the application, the student will be contacted within three weeks by phone, e-mail, or letter notifying student of the need for additional materials, the status of positions available, or to schedule an admissions interview.Ā  There is no set deadline for the submission of applications.Ā  However, it is important to submit admissions materials as early as possible as admissions are usually filled anywhere from three months to six months ahead.

Admissions applications may be obtained in ONE of the following ways:


In addition to the above requirements, those students applying to the residency program will also meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelorā€™s degree in a related field. A Master of Divinity degree or Masterā€™s in Theological Studies is preferred.
  • Two (2) years of service with a faith community required. Ordination, Commission or Licensure as a minister / faith leader or in the process of obtaining such status is preferred.
  • Work experience may not substitute for the minimum education requirement.
  • On-site interview with a CPE Supervisor and at least one member of the professional advisory group and/or staff chaplain.
  • For residents, the willingness to commit to a twelve month educational process granting four units of CPE through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • For interns, the willingness to commit to a three month educational process granting one unit of CPE through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.