Chattanooga Association for Clinical Pastorial Care

Clinical Pastoral Education opportunities are available with the Chattanooga Association for Clinical Pastoral Care in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Program Dates:

Extended Program (1 Unit)
Winter/Spring – January – Mid May
Fall Mid August – Mid December

Summer Intern Program (1 Unit)
Summer Unit: June – Mid August

Residency Program (4 Units)
Year: Begins late August end of August the next calendar year


Clinical Pastoral Education units are accredited by the (national) Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.


Clinical Assignments

Erlanger Health System consists of The Baroness Hospital (Main Campus), T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Erlanger North, Erlanger East, and Erlanger Bledsoe. Erlanger is a 869 bed (816 acute-care and 50 long term care beds) non-profit academic teaching center and Level I Trauma Center. The University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine serves Erlanger with nine medical residency programs and one fellowship program. Erlanger serves 50 counties within a 150 mile radius of East Tennessee, North Georgia and Northeastern Alabama.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation is a licensed 80 bed physical rehabilitation hospital which provides physical rehabilitation services for adults and children with orthopedic and neurological impairments.

Hospice of Chattanooga began in 1981 and is the community’s oldest and largest nonprofit hospice, offering end of life care in southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia. Their mission states: “Hospice of Chattanooga is the only community owned, not for profit hospice providing comfort and dignity to patients and families from an accredited team of end-of-life specialist.” 


D. Keith Munford - Director of Pastoral Services at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation.

Kenny Standley – Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Erlanger Health System.


Extended and summer positions are not funded with a stipend.  Meals and parking are provided for students while on duty. Year residents receive a stipend.


Extended Unit - One unit- $500.00
Summer Intern Unit – One unit - $500.00
Year Residency - $800.00 ($200.00 per unit)


Send inquiries/applications and a $25 application fee to:

Erlanger Health System
Kenneth Standley, Pastoral Care
975 E. Third St.
Chattanooga, TN   37403
Office: (423) 778-7177
Fax: (423) 778-7723



meeting with studentsThree to Six students are admitted for a single unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Five students are admitted for the residency year.

After the application is received, an interview will be scheduled and conducted by one or more of the CPE Supervisors.

There is a $25 application fee due with a submitted application.  Upon acceptance into a program a $100 non-refundable deposit, which is applied to the cost of tuition is required to hold your position in the program.  The balance of the tuition ($400) is required in the first week of the unit.  Residency is $200.00 per unit. Payable in the first week of each unit.

It is important that all requested written materials be submitted with the application.

CACPC offers three units throughout the year and four units for the residency year. Two extended units; one beginning in January and ending in May, the other beginning in August and ending in December.  The full-time summer unit begins in June and ends in August.  During the extended units, group seminars are conducted on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. (these are required seminars).  During the full-time summer unit, seminars are held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The residency year usually begins the last Monday in August and continues for one year. The dates for the four consecutive units vary from year to year.  Residents continue serving as chaplains during the seminar break weeks during the year.

The orientation process is held the first week of the unit.  During this time, hospital visitation areas, on-call hours, weekend on-call, and supervisory hours are negotiated and scheduled between student and supervisor).

Student assignments may be made in one or two of the following hospitals:

Erlanger Health System
Kenny Standley, ACPE Supervisor

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
Pastoral Care coverage by Erlanger Pastoral Care Department

Hospice of Chattanooga
D. Keith Munford, ACPE Supervisor

Extended and Summer Unit Benefits include:

(a)  Free meal when on duty
(b)  Free parking
(c)  Library privileges
(d)  Office space
(e)  Access to computer and typewriter
(f)  Liability insurance in amount offered to volunteers in the institution

Resident Benefits include:

Paid Annual Leave
Optional Health and Dental Insurance
Discounts on Meals

For further information/assistance regarding CPE, please call (423) 778-7177

CACPC is fully accredited to offer Level I/Level II CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., located in Decatur, GA.

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: (404) 320-1472