Clinical Pastoral Education


Rev. Christine Davies, M.Div., MSW, Director
Rev. Tiina Nummela, D.Min., Th.M., Clinical Pastoral Educator
Apara Mahal, Office Coordinator

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital offers clinical pastoral education (CPE) in Summer Intense, Extended (academic year) and Residency programs. Summer and Extended programs offer one unit of CPE, whereas during Residency, three units can be earned. Each unit consists of a minimum of 400 hours of supervised learning (300 hours of direct patient care and 100 hours of seminars and supervision).

RWJUH is accredited by ACPE, Inc. as a CPE Center. ACPE, Inc. is, in return, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and is subject to all of its policies and procedures pertaining to quality and accountability in education.

CPE is a method of learning by doing. Students are assigned to certain patient care areas where they minister to patients, their families, and staff; experiences will be reflected upon in subsequent seminars with peers and educators. Because of the Center's geographic location in Central New Jersey, it offers a rich experience of learning with and from, a variety of ethnic groups, cultures, and religions.

You can download an application from the ACPE website.

To apply, email your completed application to or mail to:

Rev. Tiina H. Nummela
Pastoral Care Department
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

CPE Program Schedule 2020 – 2021 Academic Year

The CPE Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick is offered in full-time or part-time programs, to best fit students' needs.

Summer Intensive

June 1, 2020 – August 14, 2020

Full-time course hours: Monday - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Includes 24-hour in-house shifts on evenings and weekends

For further course information, including registration, click here.

Academic Year Extended/Part-time

September 9, 2020 – May 19, 2021

Part-time course: Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

12 hour in-house shifts during weekends and 5 hours clinical time during the week

Supervision approximately every other week apart from Wednesday class or clinical hours

For further course information, including registration, click here.


August 31, 2020 – June 4, 2021

Full-time course: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

24-hour in-house shifts during the week (some weekends and holidays included)

There is a stipend available as well as benefits, PTO and sick time

Prerequisite: One Unit of CPE & HR Orientation as scheduled

For further course information, including registration, click here.

For more information/questions or to submit applications contact the Office Coordinator, Apara Mahal, or our Certified Educators, Rev. Christine Davies and Rev. Dr. Tiina Nummela

The Clinical Pastoral Education Center at RWJUH is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Inc., 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308; Tel. (678) 636-6219.

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