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CLUSTER PROGRAMS & APPLICATION PROCESS


Current Programs Offered

The Cluster certified educators believe that group process and group composition are an important element in each of our programs. We look to build diverse groups with differences in age, experience, gender, race, denomination and style.

Resident CPE

  • Program Options: The long-term care program offers a 9 month (3 unit) residency. The acute-care program offers a 12 month (4 unit) residency. Both programs begin in September. For more detailed information, use the navigation bar at the left to access a particular center of interest.
  • Stipend/Benefits: Most centers within the St. Louis Cluster provide a stipend for resident positions and most offer employee benefits (paid time off and sick leave) to residents.
  • Application Fee: $50.00 - The application fee is non-refundable and is not applied toward tuition. Scroll down below to "Application Process" for detailed mailing instructions.
  • Tuition: $650 for the first resident unit; $550 for subsequent units in residency term.
Summer Intensive CPE

Most centers within the St. Louis Cluster offer a full-time summer intensive unit of CPE. This 11 week, forty hours per week (minimum) program usually begins after Memorial Day and concludes early to mid-August. “Intensive” units require full-time participation of students, including some overnight and/or weekend on-call responsibilities.

There are additional programmatic requirements unique to each CPE center. For more detailed information, use the navigation bar at the left to access a particular center of interest.

  • Application Fee: $50.00 - The application fee is non-refundable and is not applied toward tuition. Scroll down below to "Application Process" for detailed mailing instructions.

    NOTE: Summer Units Only: If you are applying to multiple centers within the Cluster, only one application fee is required. On your application, please indicate the center that received your fee.

  • Tuition: $650 (A limited number of partial scholarships are available through the Cluster based on demonstrated financial need.)
Extended (Part-Time) CPE

Many centers and programs within the Cluster offer single, part-time units. Starting dates and meeting days/times vary with the center and program. Extended units vary in length and hours per week are adjusted accordingly. As a reminder, a single unit of CPE is a minimum of 400 hours over a specified period of time.

For more detailed information, use the navigation bar at the left to access a particular center of interest.

  • Application Fee: $50.00 - The application fee is non-refundable and is not applied toward tuition. Scroll down below to "Application Process" for detailed mailing instructions.
  • Tuition: $650 (A limited number of partial scholarships are available through the Cluster based on demonstrated financial need.)

Application Process

All applicants for ALL programs must submit a completed application along with the required documentation (see application materials.)

The application fee for ALL programs is $50.00, non-refundable and must be submitted with your application & documentation. See details regarding individual program mailing instructions below:

Resident Program

Applications for resident programs should be submitted in January or February each year. International applicants must submit their material no later than October 15th for admission to the following year's peer group in September. Resident applicants are interviewed first at the Cluster level and then at the center level.

All application materials and fees for the long-term care resident program should be forwarded to Jeff Scheer, Administrator of Clinical Pastoral Education, Lutheran Senior Services. The $50 fee is payable to "Lutheran Senior Services CPE." Click here for complete mailing address, contact information and for additional program information.

All application materials and fees for acute-care resident programs should be sent directly to the certified educator at the center to which you are applying. The $50 application fee is payable to the "St. Louis Cluster, ACPE." To ensure prompt arrival of your materials, we highly recommend sending your application via Federal Express.

Click on your preferred center below to access further program details, certified educator contact information and mailing address for application submission.

Cristina Stevens
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Jill Walter Penn
Christian Hospital

Extended (Part-Time) and Summer Intensive Programs

Applications for extended part-time and summer intensive units should be submitted to the certified educator at the center to which you are applying. Any non-resident student applying for a consecutive unit in the same center is not required to submit the application fee.

The certified educator of that center will notify you that your materials and application fee have been received and will schedule an interview with you or invite you to consider other centers within the Cluster (with no additional application fee required.)

Click on your preferred center above to access further program details, certified educator contact information and mailing address for application submission.