Clinical Pastoral Education

Rev. Christine Davies, M.Div., MSW, Director
Rev. Tiina Nummela, D.Min., Th.M., Clinical Pastoral Educator
Apara Mahal, Department Secretary/CPE Office Administrator

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a training center accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE, Inc.). We offer 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.

To apply, email your completed application to or mail to Rev. Tiina H. Nummela, Pastoral Care Department, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

You can download an application from

CPE Program Schedule 2019 – 2020 Academic Year

The CPE Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - New Brunswick is offered in two programs, to best fit student needs.

Summer Intensive Program

Beginning June 3, 2019

Full-time Course: Monday – Friday, 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 Program

Early September 2019 – Early June 2020

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.