Clinical Pastoral Education | On-Site Clinical Pastoral Education

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Summer Intensive Unit CPE runs for 11 weeks and is full time, 40 hours per week, 1 unit of CPE.
  • Fall Extended Unit CPE runs for 24 weeks and is part time, one day per week with at least an additional 16 hours of ministry in one’s own ministry site or through Pine Rest, 1 unit of CPE

Since 1970, Pine Rest has been accredited by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
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Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 320-1472

  • One year of theological education in an accredited seminary or equivalent experience in a ministry setting.
  • Completed application plus a non-refundable $75.00 application fee.
  • Admission interview with a qualified interviewer.

Your application is very personal and confidential. Only the Supervisor of CPE and/or supervisory staff assigned will read your application.

The cost of tuition is $1,000 per unit.

Pine Rest offers Clinical Pastoral Education in collaboration with denominations, churches, hospitals and seminaries. Students who are not able to pay the full cost of the education are encouraged to seek financial assistance from others ( i.e. congregation, employer, denomination, seminary and others) to put together a financial assistance package. For those who need further assistance, need-based scholarships are available from Pine Rest.

A non-refundable application fee of $75.00 is submitted with the application. Pine Rest can provide assistance and guidance for financial support options. Each student will have their own unique sources of support. Once accepted into the program, an application for a Pine Rest scholarship may be requested.

For students who use their current ministry setting as their clinical site, the institution is asked to contribute $1,800 toward the total cost of the CPE program. These institutions or congregations are receiving the benefit of the student’s learning in terms of increased quality of care.

Links to both the brochure and application are located here.

Completed applications, along with the $75.00 non-refundable application fee, should be mailed to: ATTN: Pastoral Services & CPE, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Attention Pastoral Services, 300 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548.

An application and brochure about Pine Rest’s program can also be emailed to you, if you prefer. Please email or call 616.281.6363 x2566 if you have questions.

For additional information and/or application, please contact Carolyn Dykstra at 616.281.6363 x2566.