The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The Department of Spiritual Care and Education at BIDMC is accredited by the national Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), 1 West Court Sq., Ste. 325, Decatur, GA 30030, (678) 636-6220, to provide Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs for Level 1 and 2 students.

Tuition: $1000, due upon admission to program

Click here to download ACPE application.

Click here to download a fillable reference form.
Please use this form when requesting references (one academic, one religious, and one personal) from three individuals.

Application fee: $75

Questions? Contact the Rev. Burkhard Weber at or 617-632-8101

Applications accepted via email or sent to:

Rev. Burkhard Weber
Dept. of Spiritual Care and Education, Feldberg 110
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Upcoming CPE Programs

  1. Summer Intensive Program: May 27–August 8, 2019; Admissions closed
  2. Double Extended Unit: Fall 2019 Extended Program, September 3–December 18 and Spring 2020 Extended Program, January 20–May 8, 2020 (Double unit): Admission deadline April 12
  3. Summer 2020 Intensive Program: May 26–August 6, 2020

If you are interested in a "semester" unit (approximately 16 instead of 24 hours per week), please email your interest to

The spring 2020 unit will be a continuation of the fall 2019 unit with a single admission cycle in spring 2019. Preference will be given to students with one or two CPE units who are pursuing a chaplaincy career.

*What is CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is theological and professional education for theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypeople. This interfaith program integrates training in a clinical setting with seminar, group process and one-on-one work with an accredited supervisor. Consequently, CPE trainees actively serve people in crisis while strengthening their personal, professional and theological capacities through reflecting upon, understanding and growing from the lived experience of ministry. Intensive interaction with peers, staff, seminar leaders and the supervisor helps trainees to develop new awareness of themselves as persons and professional pastoral care providers.