The Eskenazi Health Clinical Pastoral Education Program offers: 

  • An interfaith program accredited by the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training ( ICPT)
  • A blended curriculum of online lessons and in-person lessons (100 hours) 
  • Supervised clinical practicum (300 hours) with patients, families and staff
  • Low supervisor-to-student ratio
  • Enriched with the inclusion of standardized, evidence-based curriculum developed by the Spiritual Care Association
  • Self-care skills incorporated throughout the experience (courtesy of Center for Mind-Body Medicine)
  • Unique educational experience for spiritual caregivers to care for under-served populations while learning demands of chaplaincy practice in a secular organization


If you are already working as a paid or volunteer chaplain, Eskenazi Health’s CPE program may be able to use some or all of your existing chaplaincy hours against your required clinical hours. Please inquire with our CPE Supervisor about this option.

2019 UNITS:

Eskenazi Health currently plans to offer a Spring and Fall Unit in 2019.  The spring unit is anticipated to begin by Feb. 15 and conclude by July 30. The fall unit is anticipated to begin by Aug. 15 and conclude by December 30.

Dates will be announced no later than Dec.15.

Applications for the Spring 2019 Unit are due by Dec. 15. Applications for the Fall 2019 Unit are due by June 15.


Tuition must be paid, in full, two weeks prior to the start of the unit unless other arrangements have been made with ICPT. Tuition costs are subject to change by ICPT at any time. Please refer to the ICPT website for current fees. Eskenazi Health does not collect or manage monies for this program.

Tuition per unit: $1,235.00
Application Fee: $75.00 
*Students with a gap of six months between units are required to reapply and pay a new application fee.


Eskenazi Health requires the influenza vaccination for all students doing placement work on our campus. If you will be conducting your clinical hours at Eskenazi Health, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination, a medical waiver or a religious exemption waiver request. Vaccination is at the student’s own expense.


Application for the Eskenazi Health Clinical Pastoral Education program at Eskenazi Health is a three-step process.

1. Contact Eskenazi Health to set up an initial interview to determine eligibility for the program. You may contact Father Robert Lyons, manager, at or 317.880.7123. Please do not skip this step! If you apply to the ICPT and are approved, you still must be approved by Eskenazi Health. In this instance, you would not receive a refund of your application fees.

2.  After completing the initial interview with Eskenazi health, submit a completed application, together with appropriate fees, to the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT). Application information and forms are found at

3.  Upon acceptance by ICPT, arrange to complete the Eskenazi Health onboarding process, which will include appropriate screenings necessary for work in a clinical environment.


Individuals participating in Clinical Pastoral Education through Eskenazi Health are:

  • Classified as unpaid student interns for the duration of their training. No financial compensation is offered or implied for the completion of clinical or classroom hours.
  • Responsible for any associated, non-tuition costs incurred through participation in the program including (i.e., parking fees, books, etc.)
  • Responsible to comply with Eskenazi Health requirements for participation in on-campus activities, including receiving (or providing proof of having received) an annual influenza vaccination.

The completion of Clinical Pastoral Education units through this program does not guarantee employment with Eskenazi Health, or with any other institution. 

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