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Admission Criteria and Process

The Deaconess Hospital, Inc. Clinical Pastoral Education Program does not discriminate against persons because of race, ethnicity, religious/spiritual tradition, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, and/or disability.

The CPE Program at Deaconess Hospital uses a rolling admission process.  When a prospective student submits an ACPE application for a specific unit or program, the educator acknowledges the receipt of the application by telephone or email promptly, reviews the application materials, and schedules an admission interview. When the application process is complete, the student will be notified of his/her acceptance or non-acceptance within two weeks. 

For the Residency , there is a more comprehensive interview process because of the involvement of an admissions committee. Therefore, a decision may not be possible within the two week time frame.  In this case, the candidate will be informed when a decision can be expected at the time of his/her personal interview.  Every effort will be made to inform the candidate of the admission committee’s decision in a timely manner.  

"An applicant's suitability for admission to any ACPE program is a matter of professional judgment by the ACPE accredited center in accordance with its admission policies."

To learn more about the admission criteria and process for the CPE programs offered at Deaconess Hospital, click on the specific program listed on the menu to the left.

Current starting dates for CPE Programs at Deaconess

  • Full-time Level I CPE- The ten-week summer unit begins on the first Monday in June. The center may also offer ten week units beginning on the first Monday in September, December, and/or March at Supervisors' discretion
  • An twenty-week extended unit begins on the first Monday in January following New Years' Day
  • A one-year residency program begins annually on the Monday preceding September 1st

To learn more about ACPE-accredited programs at Deaconess, contact the Religious Life Department, Deaconess Midtown Hospital, at 812-450-2260 or go to the Contact Us tab to request information. An ACPE certified educator will contact you promptly by email or telephone.

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