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Clinical Pastoral Education

Information About Clinical Pastoral Education

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital is accredited by ACPE to offer Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). CPE is designed for individuals who wish to improve pastoral care skills and develop pastoral identity through a deeper understanding of themselves and those they care for. It is practical learning about how to recognize and address the spiritual concerns of others.

Under the supervision of an ACPE Certified Educator, students reflect on patient encounters with a peer group to discover how their personal history, culture, social context and personal theology impact their pastoral care. In addition, students learn concepts in pastoral care and apply their learning to future encounters. This process of action-reflection has proven to be a very effective means of learning pastoral care.

Download CPE Application:

Clinical Pastoral Education Application

Please send applications digitally to [email protected]

Program Structure

CPE consists of 400 hours of supervised education. A minimum of 100 hours is dedicated to classroom time while the remaining 300 hours are allotted for patient visitation, charting, staff care and on-call duties. The bulk of our classroom education will take place through live video conferencing that can be done at home or at one of our hospitals, space permitting. Our CPE program is Accredited to offer Level I and Level II CPE.

Student placement is negotiated to balance institutional and student needs. Placement is available at one of three main locations:

Tacoma: MultiCare Tacoma General, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Center and Allenmore Hospital

Puyallup: MultiCare Good Samaritan

Auburn: MultiCare Auburn Medical Center and Covington Medical Center

Currently we offer three units of CPE each year:

  • Spring Extended: 19 weeks (January-May)
  • Summer Intensive: 11 weeks (June-August)
  • Fall Extended: 19 weeks (September-January)

Residency CPE

MultiCare offers two residency positions that begin in September and end in August. Residents are paid a competitive salary with paid time off and benefits. Residents work full time during the week and have on-call responsibilities. Three CPE units will be covered during the residency. A minimum of one unit of CPE is required to apply for our residency program. Admissions into the residency program is conducted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Residents are placed at the Tacoma and Puyallup locations. Please send in appropriate application materials to both the ACPE Certified Educator and through MultiCare's job posting, including an appropriate cover letter and resume.

Extended CPE

Classes are currently scheduled to meet Thursdays from 8:15am until 1pm PT. Each student provides about 14 hours of direct patient care a week and one evening on-call shift each week. Lastly, students meet for one hour of individual supervision every other week. The 400 hours required for full credit are spread over the 19-week extended unit.

Summer Intensive CPE

This intensive unit condenses the 400 hours into 11 weeks, becoming a nearly full-time program. Students meet twice each week for class. In addition, each student provides a minimum of twenty- seven hours of direct patient care each week, which includes one overnight on-call shift each week. Lastly, students receive one hour of individual supervision every week.

Online CPE

MultiCare offers online/remote CPE. Students can fulfill their clinical hours in facilities near their homes and attend class remotely, through live video conference. During mid-unit evaluation week, all students, including online students, will be physically present in Washington for class. Tuition for online students, who don’t provide clinical hours to MultiCare, is $1400. Our preference is to have in-person students and will admit those students first. If there is space among the 8 potential slots each unit, online students will be considered and admitted.

Program Requirements

  • College Degree
  • An availability and openness to learning
  • A desire to serve in pastoral ministry
  • Emotional accessibility
  • A completed application along with a $35 application fee. Applications are received throughout the year and you may expect a prompt response upon receipt. Download the Clinical Pastoral Education Application.
  • Acceptance into the program by the Admissions Committee.
  • Paid tuition of $600 (total) per in-person unit. Payment plans may be negotiated before the unit begins and some financial assistance may be available for those in financial need. Please inquire during the interview.

Returning students are not guaranteed a spot in a future unit. If you would like to enroll in another unit, you must apply for all the units you are interested in, recognizing that we accept students on a rolling basis.

Contact Information

Rabbi Maurice Appelbaum
ACPE Certified Educator (Chaplaincy Educator) MultiCare
[email protected]

Tuition and Application Fee

Applications should be emailed to [email protected]

Checks can be made out to MultiCare Chaplain Services

$35 Application fee can be mailed to:

Rev. Nicole McKnight, M.Div, Staff Chaplain
Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital
401 15th Ave SE
MS: 401-R2-CHP
Puyallup, WA 98372

This program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

For more information, please contact:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
5 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835
Atlanta, GA 30308
[email protected]

Download CPE Application:

Clinical Pastoral Education Application

Academic Calendar

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Application Deadline




Deadline to begin Onboarding




$100 Tuition Deposit Due




Hospital Orientation

Tuesday 1/21

Thursday 5/28

Tuesday 9/1

First Day of CPE Class

Thursday 1/23

Tuesday 6/2

Thursday 9/3

Mid Unit in person




Remaining Tuition Due




Last Day of the Unit