Community-Based CPE Program

The VCU Health Spiritual Care Department and the VCU Patient Counseling Department are excited to announce the Community-Based CPE Program. The Community-Based CPE program is designed to meet the outcomes of Level I Clinical Pastoral Education as described in the ACPE Standards.

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Participant Fee Instructions: Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive an email regarding your participation into the continuing education program. The email will include instructions for participant fee payment.

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Benefits of the Program

  • Earn one (1) unit of CPE accredited by ACPE
  • Flexible clinical hours
  • 10-week immersive clinical experience option
  • 40-week extended clinical experience option
  • Various clinical placement site opportunities


  • A Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Completed an ACPE admissions application and essays
  • Successful admissions interview

Placement Sites

Community Memorial Hospital, Tappahannock Regional Hospital, VCU MCV, or Applicant Selected Clinical Site (upon program approval).

Program Information

Education Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30PM-9:30PM; Unit offered by a VCUHS/VCU Health ACPE Certified Educator 

10 week option hours

Application Opens: February 1, 2023
Application Deadline: April 14, 2023

Start Date: June 1, 2023
End Date: Aug 4, 2023

30 Clinical hours/weekly (modality in-person)
10 Education hours/weekly

40 week option coming Fall 2023.

Cost of Program

  • Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Participant Fee: $950 payment due three weeks prior to first session

Who would benefit from the program

Persons interested in becoming a professional chaplain, seminarians, faith community leaders

Statement of Accreditation 
Virginia Commonwealth University/VCU Health is accredited to offer CPE (Levels I/II) and Certified Educator CPE by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education, We Work, Floor 4 120 West Trinity Place Decatur, GA 30030. Telephone: 404-320-1472. ACPE URL: ACPE CPE is Trademarked by the ACPE.