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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program information.

ACPE Accredited

Currently offering year-long residency.

Application is available at the ACPE website -

You may email your completed application and accompanying documents to Chaplain Whiteford at or mail them to:

VA Medical Center
Chaplain Service - 125
CPE Program
1030 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

Application packages are welcome year-long for consideration in an upcoming Residency year. 

Resource Information

Residency Program

Dates: September - August (12 months)
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 0800 – 1630
Preference: One (1) Prior Unit of CPE
Stipend: $29,904 plus benefits
Application: Standard ACPE Application Form (Application forms available online from or upon request)

Send applications and supporting documents to:

VA Medical Center
Chaplain Service (125)
CPE Program
1030 Jefferson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Accreditation for all Programs by:

ACPE, Inc., 
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd,
Suite 835, ATLANTA, GA 30308
Telephone: 404-320-0849

Requirements and Preferences for Admission to CPE Residency

  1. Must have completed or be currently working on an M.Div. degree from a seminary accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with a preference for completion of M.Div., or an equivalent level of preparation as established by one’s particular faith group, as a requirement for both residency and extended units.
  2. Must have endorsement by religious faith group for ministry/CPE and provide documentation of same, including endorser’s contact information (phone #, email address). 
  3. Preference for pastoral experience. 
  4. Demonstrate ability to form significant pastoral relationships. 
  5. Demonstrate ability to learn from experience through process education. 
  6. Demonstrate ability to practice professional confidentiality. 
  7. Demonstrate evidence of ability to work creatively with stress and conflict.

Process for Acceptance to CPE Residency

  1. Submit standard ACPE application form with ALL required attachments and accompanying documents noted in the ACPE application, including copies of all evaluations from previous CPE units.
  2. Submit an official letter from your endorser indicating endorsement of your participation. 
  3. Submit copies of both college and seminary transcripts. (photocopies are acceptable) 
  4. Interview with the Professional Advisory Group (PAG) admissions subcommittee. 
  5. Acceptance by ACPE Supervisor