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Clinical Pastoral Education

Internship (Extended Unit)

One unit of CPE involves at least 400 hours of structured group and individual education with supervised clinical practice in ministry. This 400 hours is extended over 7 months. Following two days of orientation, each week will include educational seminars, 3.5 hours/week, and clinical experience in the hospital. Weekly clinical hours will average about 10 hours and will be spread out between one to two shifts/week. Weekend, evening, and night shifts are included. Full-time clergy, working in Lancaster County, may do some of their work in their setting with approval of the supervisor.

Dates for Internship Program

Applications accepted starting mid-January.

Internship dates: Early October – Late April.


Unit Orientation:

Two full days: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Educational Seminars:

Tuesdays from 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.    



Internship Admission Requirements

The minimum requirement for Internship program is a high school diploma, GED, or ordination from an appropriate religious authority. Students with college degree will be given preference. LGH is a tobacco-free facility.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for single-unit program is $500, including a $150 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance to confirm your place in the program. The balance of the tuition ($350) is due the first week of the unit, unless other arrangements are made with the supervisor.

Interns are responsible for submitting proof of three required background checks that cost approximately $50.

Proof of immunizations is required and may involve the expense to verify or receive immunizations. Interns will also need to cover mandatory flu shot expenses.

The requirements for the Internship Program typically include:

  • Learning Contract – three or four learning goals for the unit.
  • Verbatim Reports. These reports are tools to reflect on pastoral visits, which will be presented to your peer group for feedback and discussion.
  • Reflection Papers – written reflections on interactions with patients, family members, staff, and peers to focus on what you are learning.
  • Theological Reflection Story – a look at story from your life through the lens of theological reflection.
  • Reading. Articles will be assigned to supplement presentations.
  • Chaplain Reports (each shift) – a listing of persons to whom care was given.
  • Individual Supervision – individual time to process your learning.
  • End-of-Unit Evaluation – written reflection on what you have learned throughout the unit.


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