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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Sibley Memorial Hospital's Department of Chaplaincy Services is offering Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), an accredited program under the guidance of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. First-time students who complete the program will receive one credit of Level 1 CPE, equal to 400 combined clinical and educational hours in CPE.

This educational-theological program includes a focus on pastoral formation, competence and reflection for those interested in deepening pastoral-spiritual care and chaplaincy skills. The CPE program is the first step for earning chaplain certification in any of the national cognate groups. In addition to patient clinical hours and on-call participation, CPE students participate in structured group settings, patient verbatim reports and educational lectures and seminars.

Sibley's Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Summer Unit

When: Monday, June 7, 2021 to Friday, August 13, 2021
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

This is a full-time program, 40 hours per week for 10 weeks, designed for seminarians and adult professionals who have flexibility in the summer.


  • Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (includes clinical visits and educational hours)
  • Monthly participation in Interfaith Community Worship on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Weekly on-call chaplaincy participation (occasional overnights are required)

Extended Unit

When: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 to Friday, April 15, 2022
Application deadline: Friday, August 27, 2021

This program is designed for adult professionals, seminarians and those who may need flexibility of their schedule while continuing other employment.


  • One 7-hour educational day per week on Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Or two 4-hour days within the week, dependent upon the consensus of accepted students
  • Additional 7-hours per week for clinical visits to patients
  • Monthly participation in Interfaith Community Worship on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Weekly on-call chaplaincy participation (some overnights are required)

How to Apply


  • $25 application fee in the form of a check made payable to Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Upon receiving a letter of acceptance, there is a tuition fee of $1,000 per unit


Sibley Memorial Hospital
Attn: Chaplaincy Services Department/CPE Program
5255 Loughboro Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016.

No applications are accepted via email or fax.


To be considered, all applicants must have:

  • The ability to type for charting in the electronic medical record

  • Mailed an application between 8 to 10 pages, double-spaced,by the application deadline

Upon review, applicants will be called for an interview. Prior to acceptance, all students are required to have:

  • Completion of the recommendation survey from supplied references

Once accepted, all students are required to:

  • Have a background check and fingerprinting (Access to your social security number may be needed)
  • Meet medical requirements, including a hospital drug screening, a physical examination by your personal physician and a negative PPD test

View program flyer. For further information or to express interest, contact chaplaincy services at 202-537-4084 or


Sibley Memorial Hospital CPE program is fully accredited by:


The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835
Atlanta, GA 30308
Telephone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-329-0849

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