Clinical Pastoral Education

Our training program provides a learning opportunity for ministry professionals, seminary students, and qualified lay persons to develop their theoretical, clinical, theological, professional, and personal competencies in the delivery of pastoral care to patients, their families, staff and students.

We offer an interfaith program developed by the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT) which is dedicated to offering a standardized and evidenced-based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training program to chaplains and spiritual care providers.

What Makes Our CPE Program Unique? 

Chaplaincy students involved in a unit of clinical pastoral education receive: 

  • A minimum of 400 hours of training
  • No less than 100 hours of structured group and individual education combined with supervised clinical practice in ministry.

Since UI Health has a Palliative Care Service and a dedicated Palliative Care chaplain, the students will have exposure to palliative care as a part of their training. ICPT’s Hybrid Learning units blend face-to-face classroom instruction, with on-line meetings and training. This allows CPE supervisors to deploy technology with face-to-face teaching to meet the unique needs of our learners.


The Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). ACCET is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. 

About UI Health 

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) provides comprehensive care, education, and research to the people of Illinois and beyond. A part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), UI Health comprises a clinical enterprise that includes a tertiary care hospital, outpatient clinics, and Mile Square Health Center facilities, which are Federally Qualified Health Centers. It also includes the seven UIC health science colleges

Tuition & Fees 

Tuition fees, described below, are set by the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training, and must be paid in full by the due date indicated for the unit. ICPT does not currently offer deferred payment programs. Tuition costs are subject to change by ICPT at any time. Please refer to the ICPT website for current fees.  

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.  

For More Information

Email or visit for more information about the ICPT curriculum.  


Pastoral Care Department
1855 West Taylor Street
Suite 2009 - MC 978
Chicago, IL 60612-7232
Phone: (312) 996-0296
Fax: (312) 413-3600