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The Eskenazi Health Clinical Pastoral Education Program offers: 

  • An interfaith program accredited by the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training ( ICPT)
  • A blended curriculum of online lessons and in-person lessons (100 hours) 
  • Supervised clinical practicum (300 hours) with patients, families and staff
  • Low supervisor-to-student ratio
  • Enriched with the inclusion of standardized, evidence-based curriculum developed by the Spiritual Care Association
  • Self-care skills incorporated throughout the experience (courtesy of Center for Mind-Body Medicine)
  • Unique educational experience for spiritual caregivers to care for under-served populations while learning demands of chaplaincy practice in a secular organization


If you are already working as a paid or volunteer chaplain, Eskenazi Health’s CPE program may be able to use some or all of your existing chaplaincy hours against your required clinical hours. Please inquire with our CPE Supervisor about this option.


Due to the current unpredictable situation surrounding COVID-19, CPE units will not be offered through Eskenazi Health until at least spring 2021. If you are interested in submitting your name for a waiting list, please use the Contact Us feature at the bottom of the page, specifically mentioning your request is tied to the Clinical Pastoral Education Program.  


Tuition fees, described below, are set by the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training, and must be paid in full by the due date indicated for the unit. ICPT does not currently offer deferred payment programs. Tuition costs are subject to change by ICPT at any time. Please refer to the ICPT website for current fees. Please note: Eskenazi Health does not collect or manage monies for this program.

As of the time of this update to the CPE site, the following fees apply:

Tuition per unit: $1,235.00
Application Fee: $75.00 
*Students with a gap of six months between units are required to reapply and pay a new application fee.


Eskenazi Health requires the influenza vaccination for all students doing placement work on our campus. If you will be conducting your clinical hours at Eskenazi Health, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination, a medical waiver or a religious exemption waiver request. Vaccination is at the student’s own expense.


Application for the Eskenazi Health Clinical Pastoral Education program at Eskenazi Health is a three-step process.

1. Contact Eskenazi Health to set up an initial interview to determine eligibility for the program. Please use the Contact Us feature at the bottom of the page, specifically mentioning your request is tied to the Clinical Pastoral Education Program, or call 317.880.7123. Please do not skip this step! If you apply to the ICPT and are approved, you still must be approved by Eskenazi Health. In this instance, you would not receive a refund of your application fees.

2.  After completing the initial interview with Eskenazi Health, submit a completed application, together with appropriate fees, to the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT). Application information and forms are found at http://www.icpt.edu/enroll

3.  Upon acceptance by ICPT, arrange to complete the Eskenazi Health onboarding process, which will include appropriate screenings necessary for work in a clinical environment.


Individuals participating in Clinical Pastoral Education through Eskenazi Health are:

  • Classified as unpaid student interns for the duration of their training. No financial compensation is offered or implied for the completion of clinical or classroom hours.
  • Responsible for any associated, non-tuition costs incurred through participation in the program including (i.e., parking fees, books, etc.)
  • Responsible to comply with Eskenazi Health requirements for participation in on-campus activities, including receiving (or providing proof of having received) an annual influenza vaccination.

The completion of Clinical Pastoral Education units through this program does not guarantee employment with Eskenazi Health, or with any other institution. 

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