CPE Information for Applicants

Admissions Criteria

Applicants will be admitted according to their ability to provide ministry and their readiness for learning.

How to Apply

Simply download the application here and/or print it, fill it out and submit by email or mail to:

Chaplain John Renfro
Director of Pastoral Care & Clinical Pastoral Education
Conway Medical Center
P.O. Box 829
Conway, SC 29528-0829

Tuition

Tuition is $450 per unit in full or two monthly payments of $125 and two more of $100. Checks should be made payable to Conway Medical Center and memo: CPE Program.  Some scholarships may be available for individuals with limited finical resources. Anyone wishing to apply for a scholarship must do so in writing. Scholarship requests should accompany application materials.

Completion of Training

Upon completion of each unit of 400 hours of supervised training, trainees receive certification of the successful completion of one unit of CPE. Records of completed units are kept at the CPE center where training was completed.

Institutions typically require four units of CPE for the position of Staff Chaplain or equivalent professional pastoral care position.

The Clinical Setting

Seminary settings typically provide an academic environment for the study of pastoral theology. In contrast, the CPE center provides the clinical basis for learning the practice of pastoral care.  Conway Medical Center is South Carolina's only hospital-based CPSP Training Center.

CMC is a nonprofit medical center has 210 inpatient beds; a 66-bed long-term care facility, Kingston Nursing Center; a 22-bed sub-acute care facility, Medstar.  Employing over 1400, CMC is one of the county’s largest employers.

Accreditation

The Clinical Pastoral Education Program at CMC is provisionally accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) as an international, theologically based covenant community, offering accreditation and certification to individuals and programs that meet standards of expertise in pastoral counseling, pastoral supervision and psychotherapy.

CPSP confers Diplomate, Pastoral Counselor, Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain and Board-Certified Associate Clinical Chaplain credentials to individuals who demonstrate competence, meet its standards, aspire to its principles and commit to its discipline.