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Clinical Pastoral Education
through the ACPE Center based at the
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

CPE at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania began with a single student in 1978. Since that time, hundreds of men and women have completed CPE units here. These men and women, like the institution they serve, are a culturally rich and diverse group representing more than 14 different denominations. The University of Pennsylvania is now truly poised to be able to unite two great educational missions: the bedside training of both the physician and the pastor toward the healing of their common patient and parishioner.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System is nationally accredited through The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), in Decatur, Georgia, to offer training in Pastoral Care and Supervisory Education. These programs are conducted at a variety of sites, and provide diverse opportunities for students.

The Director for Pastoral Care is Jim Browning, who may be contacted at or 215-662-2591.

 Current CPE Openings
 CPE: Program Overview
 Clinical Opportunities and Placements for Students
 Informal Perspectives on CPE and Careers in Chaplaincy
 Ralph Taylor Award for Leadership of Inclusive Worship
 Application Procedures
 CPE Reference Form
 Building Map & Directions to the HUP Department
 Mission Statement of the Department of Pastoral Care


NOTE: This page pertains to CPE programs accredited through the ACPE center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, covering CPE activity also at Pennsylvania Hospital and the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, all in Philadelphia. However, the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine) also encompasses Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA, which has its own ACPE center. For information on programs at Lancaster, click HERE.