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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 ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education, 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 Clinical Pastoral Care Coordinator is Betty White, who may be contacted at or 215-615-0988.

 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
 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, and the Princeton HealthCare System in Princeton, NJ, which are accredited separately within the ACPE. For information on those programs, see the Lancaster and Princeton websites.