Clinical Pastoral Education


Northwell Health trains professional chaplains by offering clinical pastoral education recognized by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

What is CPE's clinical method of learning?

CPE clinical method of learning is an action/reflection/new action model of learning. CPE students actively visit patients, family and staff and reflect on that experience in a structured learning environment.

Professional development:

  • Pastoral care skills
  • Theological reflection
  • Hands on ministry
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Human development
  • Peer  group experience
  • 1 to 1 supervision by an ACPE supervisor

Students integrate:

  • Theological beliefs
  • Knowledge of behavioral sciences
  • Personal awareness

For more information see FAQs at Association of Clinical Pastoral Education

Program offerings

  • CPE residency — full year, 40 hours/week with stipend and benefits
  • Summer intensive unit — 11 weeks, 40 hours/week
  • Fall extended unit — 16 weeks, 25 hours/week
  • Spring extended — 16 weeks, 25 hours/week
  • Evening extended — 30 weeks, 12 hours/week

Clinical training opportunities

  • Palliative Care (Certified by the Joint Commission)
  • Behavioral Health Spirituality Groups
  • Rehabilitative Medicine and Long-Term Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Simulation Lab Learning (Residents and Staff)
  • Regional Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Cushing Neuroscience Institute
  • Stroke Center Certification by the Joint Commission

How to apply

Applicants must complete the standard ACPE application which is available on-line at

Requirements include:

  • Completed ACPE application
  • Completion of one-year theological education or its equivalent
  • One-time $50 application fee
  • Admissions interview

Tuition is $600 per unit.

To apply

  1. Click the link to download the standard application form.
  2. Print the form, fill-in the requested information and complete the required essays. 
  3. Fax all materials to the registrar at (516) 562-3994.


Annual Notice

This ACPE CPE center/program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over the release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.

A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right.

Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at ACPE, 1 West Court Square, Suite #325, Decatur, GA 30030.

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Our team

Rev. Jon A. Overvold, M.Div., BCC

Rev. Jongmi Bae, M.Div., BCC, ACPE Supervisor

  • Manager of Chaplaincy Education System Chaplaincy Services,
    Northwell Health
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Useful links

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

1 West Court Square,
Suite #325
Decatur, GA 30030

A message from Michael Dowling

Michael Dowling discusses pastoral care.

A Day in the Life of a Chaplain

Patients are in the hospital because of a medical crisis. As they struggle with their illness, a natural inclination is to ask: “Why me?” Let’s visit with the professionals who are called into service when a medical crisis is accompanied by a crisis of faith.

Chaplaincy Services

Northwell Health provides religious, spiritual and existential services for patients, families and staff.