Clinical Pastoral Education

Our program has trained more than 500 ministers from 18 denominations and 15 countries spanning five continents.

Clinical Pastoral Education at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, offers several program options and is accredited by The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

In its continued focus on preparing ministers to serve effectively in an increasingly pluralistic society, our program has provided the department and the health care system the means to provide healing ministry to support its tradition and values.

We accept eight positions each year.

Curriculum and Program Options

A typical day in CPE is a day of administration, self-reflection, peer consultation, theological reflection, didactics on various topics and patient visitation. Our trainees are assigned to a parish (clinical area) and meet regularly with a CPE supervisor and professional chaplain regarding ministry. Pastoral ministry includes on-call, during which trainees are responsible for every death, code, consult, advance directives, etc.

Clinical Experience

Our trainees experience firsthand a variety of ministry situations. Service specialties offer occasions to minister in areas such as cardiology, oncology, transplantation, emergency/trauma, pediatrics, rehabilitation, geriatrics, outpatient services and chronic illnesses. During assignment to a specific area, our trainees are the primary chaplain on that floor.

Individual and Group Supervision

Trainees present weekly verbatim reports of interactions with patients to your CPE supervisor and peer group. These opportunities for feedback help you assess your strengths and limitations in pastoral care.

Didactic Seminars

Formally structured seminars on a variety of ministry-related subjects are presented by professional chaplains, clinical health care professionals and CPE supervisors. Each seminar provides helpful theoretical and theological foundations for pastoral care development.

Interpersonal Relations Seminar (IPR)

Sharing personal experiences in a small-group setting teaches group process and leadership skills. Trainees learn both from insights gained from peers about pastoral effectiveness and from situations other colleagues encounter and share with the group.

Program dates

August to August


Full-time 40 hours per week with on-call duties.


One CPE unit preferred

Program dates

June to August


Full-time 40 hours per week with on-call duties.


Pursuing seminary degree

Program dates

August to December
January to May


Part-time 20 hours per week with on-call duties.


Lay minister, pastor or college degree

Trainees are placed into an ethnic faith community for 20 hours during this 20-week CPE course and are paired with a host family. Trainees have the opportunity to develop relationships and have a glimpse into the host family's experiences, concerns and questions about obtaining health care in the United States. Trainees explore effective ways to meet the spiritual needs of patients from minority backgrounds in a culturally sensitive and helpful manner.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates must send copies of previous evaluations from past CPE units as well as self-evaluations along with the application in order to be considered. We also require a non-refundable $35 application fee.

Applications for the residency program and the internship program are accepted January through March.

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Application Requirements

Eligible candidates must have a Master of Divinity (or equivalent) and preferably one unit of CPE.

Applicants must submit all materials listed on the standard ACPE application form and attend an on-site interview upon invitation.

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Chaplain Carlos Bell
Phone: 214.820.2542

Clinical Pastoral Education
Baylor University Medical Center
Truett Hospital
3600 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our residents and interns a full menu of employee benefits.

Stipends for 2018-2019

Second-year resident – $30,374

First-year resident – $29,039

Intern – $3,500


Life in Dallas

Dallas provides access to metropolitan entertainment and culture while maintaining the lowest cost of living among the top 10 largest U.S. cities.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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