Application information


How to apply for our program

To apply to Fairview's Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, you must fill out the CPE application or the Supervisor CPE application on the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) website. Send your completed application to:

Fairview CPE Admissions Policy
All applicants must complete the ACPE application form and provide required documentation.

Level I and Level II CPE
When considering a student’s application for Level I and Level II CPE, the supervisor(s) will consider and assess:

  • Readiness for using the clinical method of learning congruent with the program level for which the applicant is applying.
  • Level of education with the minimum being graduation from high school/GED or ordination by a faith community or commissioned to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE. A bachelor’s degree with some graduate level theological / religious education preferred.
  • Level of emerging pastoral identity        
  • Appropriate diversity balance in the student peer group for a particular unit        
  • Potential for contribution to the clinical site        
  • Personal and professional maturity
  • Willingness and ability to minister in an interfaith environment        
  • Ability to provide pastoral care with adequate competence in understanding and speaking the English language        
  • Competence with computer usage such that the applicant has clear potential for using electronic charting methods when in healthcare context          
  • Applicants for the year-long residency program will have completed a minimum of one unit of CPE.

Supervisory CPE
When considering a student’s application for supervisory education, the interviewer will consider and assess:

  • Completion of four units of CPE
  • Successful completion of Level II outcomes
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement
  • Masters of Divinity degree or equivalency as defined by ACPE Standards Glossary
  • Previous ministry experience in which the applicant demonstrated ability to function pastorally
  • Openness to engagement at the level required for successful completion of the supervisory education process    
  • Capacity for personal and professional integration        
  • Level of time and energy available for engaging the supervisory education process          
  • Membership in ACPE  
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