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CPE: Clinical Opportunities and Placements


Full-time for eleven weeks from late-May through mid-August.
Earn one unit of credit in Clinical Pastoral Education.
      • Summer 2017: May 30, 2017-August 10, 2017
      • Summer 2018: May 29, 2018-August 10, 2018

Placements available:

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Tier I - Clinical Pastoral Education: late-August to late-August.
Earn three units of CPE credit. Full-time, stipended.
One unit of CPE is required for admission.
      • 2017-2018: August 28, 2017-August 31, 2018

Placements available:

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
(with clinical services integrated with the Trauma Center at Penn)

Tier II - Supervisory Education - For certification as an ACPE Supervisor. This is a multiple-year program.
Usually four previous units of CPE are required. Positions are offered as available.

Tier II students participate in the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision on a weekly basis. Supervisory students and ACPE students from the area also participate.

Placements available:

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
(Other contracted sites considered by request.)


Placements available:

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
One unit, running September-May
      • September 5, 2017-May 18, 2018

Pennsylvania Hospital
Two units, running September-February and March-August
      • September 5, 2017-February 23, 2018
      • March 12, 2018-August 10, 2018

All students are invited to participate in special seminars which span the campuses.


The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), located at 34th & Spruce, is a 770-bed teaching hospital, with clinical services integrated with the Level 1 Trauma Center at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (38th & Powelton). Regularly ranked among the top ten institutions in the country as the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Penn Presbyterian, the complex of facilities offers tertiary/quaternary care in the fields of Oncology, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Transplantation, Orthopedics, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Urology, and Ear, Nose & Throat. Founded in 1847, HUP was the nation's first university teaching hospital and remains a primary teaching site for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. It is part of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania and has had an active CPE program since 1985.

Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH), located at 8th & Spruce, is the oldest hospital in the United States, founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. Today, this 500-bed facility is not only rich in tradition but at the cutting edge of modern medicine. It is nationally ranked in orthopaedics, cardiac care, neurosciences, hematology/oncology, urology, fertility care, and behavioral health, and its obstetrics program specializes in high-risk maternal and fetal services. It is also the home of Penn Medicine's Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, offering unique medical and surgical alternatives to patients unwilling to accept blood transfusions or blood products. The first CPE program began at PAH in the fall of 1998.