Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Students at Aurora Health Care-Metro, Inc. CPE Center have the opportunity to learn spiritual care in an interfaith setting through our hospital-based ministry and through reflection in seminars and didactics.

Through patient care and group reflection on the learning process, students are challenged to integrate their faith/spiritual perspectives and develop self-awareness. CPE students at Aurora find strong educational and emotional support through individual supervision and peer group seminars designed to encourage personal and professional pastoral growth. They become part of a dynamic team of care givers within a multi-hospital setting.

Exploring life, learning, and ministry

The Center, affiliated with Aurora Health Care, offers clinical experience at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, Aurora St. Luke's South Shore Medical Center, Aurora West Allis Medical Center and Aurora Sinai Medical Center where CPE students provide spiritual care to patients, families and fellow caregivers. They participate in concentrated reflection on who they are, what they are doing, and how they bring themselves to their ministry – all under the guidance of a pastoral supervisor/educator and peers. CPE students find themselves challenged to grow personally and professionally as they explore life, learning, and ministry.

The learning from our CPE program can be applied to an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) certification, Clinical Membership in ACPE, parish ministry, ordination/seminary requirements, pastoral counseling, and hospital chaplaincy.

Aurora currently offers opportunities for CPE through the following:


Aurora Health Care-Metro, Inc. CPE Program offers Level I/Level II and Supervisory CPE as an Accredited Center for CPE by the:

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Dr.
Decatur, GA 30033

The ACPE Accreditation Commission is recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education
1990 K Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

Download a copy of the Aurora Health System-Metro, Inc. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) brochure

Click here to learn more about Supervisory CPE and Level I/Level II CPE