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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.

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. 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 GeneralMary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Center and Allenmore Hospital

Puyallup: MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital

Auburn/Covington: MultiCare Auburn Medical Center and Covington Medical Center

Program Dates


Summer Internship (11-weeks) Full-Time June 7, 2021 - August 27, 2021 Open
Residency Program (3-units) August 16, 2021-August 12, 2022 Open
Fall Extended Unit (18-weeks) September 7 2021 -December 31, 2021  Open
Spring Extended Unit (18-weeks)  January 17, 2022 - May 20, 2022 Open
Summer Internship (11-weeks) Full-Time June 2, 2022 - August 12, 2022 Open

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital Admission Policy 

Admission Requirements:  

  • Faith Group identification or affiliation
  • Completion of one year of theological education or significant experience in a spiritual/religious/ministry setting.
  • Completed and signed application form, including essays and $35.00 application fee. 
  • Admission interview 
  • Acceptance into a CPE program by the admission committee. 
  • Payment of the non-refundable deposit - $100.00 
  • Signing of Student Consent Form  
  • Student Registration with 
  • Health and Background checks  
  • Payment of $600 tuition fee

Download Full Admissions Policy

Download CPE Application Form

Download CPE Consent Form

Additional Internship Program Criteria: 

In addition to the above, these minimum criteria for internship program must be met. 

  • High School Diploma or GED - bachelor's degree or equivalent preferred for internship program. 
  • Final evaluations from any prior CPE, if applicable.  


Additional Residency Program Criteria:  

In addition to the above these minimum criteria for Residency program must be met. 

  • Must have successfully completed at least 1-unit of CPE at an ACPE accredited center. 
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent - master's degree or equivalent (completed or in progress) preferred. 
  • Final evaluations from each prior CPE Unit that show successful meeting of Level 1 outcomes.  


How to Apply

Submit the completed ACPE standard application and a non-refundable application fee of $35.00 (personal check payable to MultiCare CPE Program) to:  

Email: [email protected] 

Mail:  Rev. Luz Zemina  
CPE Program Coordinator 
MultiCare Good Samaritan  
401 15th Ave SE 
Mailstop: 402-R2-CHP 
Puyallup, WA 98372

Applications will be processed once application fee is received. Selected applicants will be contacted for on-site or virtual interview.

This Clinical Pastoral Education program is accredited by the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.

For more information, please contact:

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835
Atlanta, GA 30308
[email protected]