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Summer Education Program

The summer education program is a 10-12 week program that meets 40 hours per week. It is open to seminarians, lay people and ministers of all faith groups who seek an initial experience of ministry in a crisis setting. The emphasis in this program is to develop one's pastoral identity and pastoral care abilities.

Each student has a clinical assignment in the healthcare facility and participates in the "on-call" schedule. Opportunities to lead worship services in the chapel and to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team are particular highlights of this summer program.

Part-Time Extended Unit

Extended Units of 400 hours are offered during the year: The 26-week program requires approximately 16 hours per week. There is a set schedule for seminars and other activities while time spent in clinical ministry may be flexible. With approval from the educator, students may do part of their clinical ministry in a faith community or community placement.

This program is designed especially for those who are in full-time ministry and wish to be involved in some healthcare ministry as well as their faith community while completing Clinical Pastoral Education. The program is also open to lay people who are involved with their churches in some type of education, visitation or ministerial program. We accept students preparing for ministry, as well as persons contemplating ministry as a possible career after having considerable experience in other professions.

Chaplain Residency Program

The Chaplain Residency Program begins in late August and ends the following August. Applicants must have completed a previous unit of CPE. This program provides a variety of ministry settings that ensure that each person receives an opportunity to specialize in clinical areas.

On-call experience offers extensive exposure to all clinical areas. The educational emphasis also prepares the participants for ministry in non-hospital settings, such as ministry in churches, hospice chaplaincy, pastoral counseling preparation and specialized ministry.

A Second-Year Residency Program is offered to those who wish further extensive and intensive training in ministry. Some of these students may wish to pursue certified educator training or a particular specialty which requires further training. Second-year residents assume some administrative responsibilities, offer staff education, as well as community education. The benefits are increased each consecutive year a resident is in any Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

Benefits include:

  • $35,568 salary, free individual medical insurance and dental insurance (family plans are available for a small monthly payment)
  • Paid time off (PTO) for vacation, illness and holidays
  • Free parking

Tuition for Summer Units and Extended Units is $450, and is due on the first day of the program. Tuition for the Residency is $250 per unit. If this presents a hardship, arrangements can be made with the Director of CPE.

Certified Educator Training

The Certified Educator Training Program leads to certification as an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Certified Educator. Generally, the program is available to those who have completed at least four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). The applicant must also demonstrate a readiness to utilize CPE and have a consultation with Atrium Health faculty before being accepted into Certified Educator training.

During this program, the resident will study and supervise with our Certified Educators. Through the course of a four-year curriculum, the Certified Educator Candidate's responsibilities will be increased. The Certified Educator Training is part of the High Point Community of Practice. The latter meets once a month, which enables all students to share in the resources of the other centers in the state. These include Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, The University of North Carolina Hospital, UNC Rex Hospital and Atrium Health.

Since 1990, CMC has educated twelve people who are now ACPE supervisors.

Dates for these programs are available from the CPE Secretary via email or call 704-355-5315.