Clinical Pastoral Education

Rev. Christine Davies, M.Div., MSW, Director
Apara Mahal, Office Coordinator
Rev. Amy Seat, CPE Manager

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey 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.

Attached is the ACPE fillable application which you can download from the ACPE website.

Tuition is $400.
To apply, email your completed application to or mail to:

Apara Mahal
Pastoral Care Department
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


CPE Program Schedule 2023 – 2024 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

May 30, 2023 – August 11, 2023

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

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

Academic Year Extended/Part-Time

September 13, 2023 – May 15, 2024

Part-time course: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 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


August 21, 2023 – May 31, 2024

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

Prerequisites: One Unit of CPE and a Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent). HR Orientation as scheduled.

For more information/questions or to submit applications contact the Office Coordinator, Apara Mahal, or our Certified Educators, Rev. Christine Davies or Rev. Amy Seat

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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