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Clinical Pastoral Education

Program Commitment

CPE at Rochester General is an internship experience, containing educational and practical elements. CPE provides learning primarily from the human condition. Our program is a part-time evening/weekend commitment.

The key components of CPE at Rochester General are:

  • 12 hours weekly in-house evenings/weekends clinical visitation
  • one night weekly of on-call from your home
  • one weeknight class (4:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
  • an hour of one-on-one supervision every other week
  • simulated patient encounters
  • verbatim case study presentations
  • bi-weekly reflection notes
  • reading assignments
  • group work
  • guest speakers on related topics
  • mid-unit and final self-evaluations


The educational prerequisites are typically graduate-level theology or equivalency. When completing your application, keep in mind we are interested in your story and ability to reflect on it. Once your application is complete and reviewed you may be contacted for an interview. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or clarifications.

To apply, please complete the application, including the essays, and email it to Jim Egolf.

Spiritual Care Educational Resources

Annual Notice

Libraries at Rochester Regional Health Spiritual Care

Onboarding for Accepted Applicants

Rochester General Hospital Spiritual Care Intranet

Chaplains in Writing




Staff Article


Jim Egolf
Supervisor of Spiritual Care and Education
ACPE Certified Educator



Rochester General Hospital is proud to be nationally accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program was accredited in November 2019. CPE training is a primary requirement for those pursuing professional chaplaincy in the clinical setting, and seeking board certification. Most healthcare, secular, and denominational settings that employ chaplains require CPE training.

The Rochester General Hospital CPE program is unique in Rochester, offering an evening/weekend format and an education focus tailored to meet not only ACPE standards but also to help students prepare for the competencies of board certification as a professional chaplain. View the benefits of board certification for professional chaplains.