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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Aurora Health is a component site of Advocate Aurora Health CPE, accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) for Level I, Level II and Certified Educator CPE.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Explore life, learning, ministry

Learn spiritual care in a multi-faith setting through our hospital-based ministry and reflection in seminars and didactics. We welcome people of all faiths and spiritual traditions who want to develop their knowledge and skills as spiritual care providers.

What is CPE? 

For many people, hospitalizations can be a time of stress, worry and fear of the unknown. Hospital chaplains offer a compassionate listening presence for patients, families and staff to express how they’re feeling and safely name their hopes and fears, regardless of their religious or spiritual beliefs.

Clinical Pastoral Education is an intensive, small-group learning program for lay or ordained religious leaders seeking to develop clinical skills and the ability to provide spiritual care in a health care setting. Our programs are open to people of any faith or spiritual background who have a vocational desire to support the spiritual needs of others and a passion to learn.

Advocate Aurora is an accredited center for Clinical Pastoral Education and the units are registered with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Units can be used for Board certification as a chaplain, parish ministry, ordination/seminary requirements, and pastoral counseling.

Learn More About CPE

Program Types

Aurora offers a variety of CPE programs in diverse health care settings. Under the guidance of Certified Educators and peers, you’ll participate in patient care and group seminars to develop greater self-awareness and foster personal and professional growth.

Programs vary by location and include:

  • Year-long 3-unit residency
  • Certified Educator fellowship
  • Extended internship
  • Summer internship

Learn About Aurora CPE Program Types

Program Locations 

Advocate Aurora Health CPE offers Clinical Pastoral Education programs at Aurora component hospital sites in:

  • Southeastern Wisconsin (the Greater Milwaukee area)
  • Central and northern Wisconsin (from Marinette County to Waukesha County, including: Green Bay, Sheboygan, Oshkosh and Grafton)
  • Illinois (at various Advocate hospital sites)

Programs vary by location.

Explore CPE Program Locations


Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. CPE and Aurora Kettle Moraine programs offer Clinical Pastoral Education as component sites of Advocate Aurora Health CPE, which has been accredited 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).

Educators & Faculty 

An experienced and dynamic faculty team supervises patient care, facilitates group seminars and provides education and emotional support.

Meet Our Faculty and Certified Educators

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Aurora Health Care and the CPE Center. Our patients, volunteers and caregivers come from all walks of life and many different backgrounds.

Whether you experience CPE in an urban or community hospital, a medical center or an outpatient clinic, you’ll be touched, shaped and changed by your interactions.

Read the Advocate Aurora Health Diversity & Inclusion Impact Report [PDF]

Apply to the Program

Learn how to apply to an Aurora Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Contact Us

Request information or connect with a CPE program coordinator.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Aurora’s broad and integrated system not only affords you new opportunities but also new places to explore – from Lake Geneva to Milwaukee to Green Bay.

Forms & Documents

Find privacy policies and required forms for the Aurora CPE program.

Advocate Health CPE Programs

Aurora’s merger with Advocate Health offers even more opportunities.


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