Clinical Pastoral Residency (Level II)

Program Overview

The Clinical Pastoral Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 54-week, ACPE-accredited program that offers continuing specialty training in clinical pastoral care.

Program Details

The Clinical Pastoral Education residency program is designed for individuals who are pursuing a specialized vocation in professional pastoral care (e.g., chaplaincy, congregational care). These residents have successfully completed a master’s degree at an accredited seminary and a Clinical Pastoral Education internship. Under the direction of highly trained CPE supervisors, the residency attends to residents’ development of advanced pastoral care-giving skills, interdisciplinary and teamwork functioning and crisis ministry competency.

The CPE residency is an ACPE-accredited 54-week program that begins in mid-August and concludes Aug. 31 of the following year. Currently there are five full-time positions. The residency program has a stipend and benefits package.

To Apply

Submit a completed application along with a $10 deposit, payable to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The form is available online at the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Applicants must also submit a copy of the CPE supervisor’s evaluation of their intern CPE unit, a copy of the student’s self-evaluation of their intern CPE unit, and a written paragraph stating the student’s rationale, intent and goals in pursuing a CPE residency.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, with interviews beginning in January. Admission interviews will be conducted by a CPE Supervisor or other qualified person. Applicants are expected to be involved in religious ministry or in seminary. Acceptance decisions will be made after completion of the admission process.

Send applications to:

Pastoral Services
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, H118
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033


Tuition is $285 per unit. There is a non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance. This deposit will be deducted from the balance of your first unit. Payment is due by the first day of each unit. The Finance Department will invoice you.

Learn More

For more information about Clinical Pastoral Education, see the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education website.

Penn State College of Medicine is an equal-opportunity employer and accepts all qualified applications regardless of their gender, ethnic origin or religious background.