Clinical Pastoral Education is an “action-reflection” model of learning that allows students to practice ministry in a clinical setting with supervision and support.  It is an introspective process designed to raise awareness of how family history, spiritual journey and cultural identity shape the lens through which the students see the world and relate to others.

Program participants practice their ministry with patients, families and staff and bring examples of their work to the small-group setting to reflect on with peers. The intention is to offer consultation and raise awareness of how their fears, biases, strengths and weaknesses may enhance or hinder their ability to be fully present and attentive to the person/s to whom they are ministering. This awareness helps the practitioner refrain from imposing any particular views onto others. Rather, they seek to understand what is important to those they are serving. Respect and compassion are upheld, and approaches and techniques are tailored accordingly.

This Master’s-level program, accredited by ACPE, helps participants reflect on their theology, learn behavioral sciences and integrate new learning into practice. Program participants learn how to listen deeply, sit with people in their pain and crisis and learn effective techniques to provide spiritual care to persons of all faith traditions as well as the non-religious.

Two training options are available:

  • Extended part-time program: 25 weeks with an average commitment of 17 hours per week. Time off is granted for all major holidays.
  • Summer intensive program: 11 weeks requiring a 40 hour per week commitment.

After successfully completing each training unit (a minimum of 400 hours) students will earn one ACPE credit.

Four to six participants will be accepted per cohort.

The Baptist Health South Florida CPE program offers Level I and Level II training. We are provisionally accredited with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

To learn more about accreditation, contact:

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
1 Concourse Pkwy, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30328

Program Fee

The application fee is $35.00. Tuition for those accepted into the program is $600.

The application fee and tuition are payable by credit card or check. Make checks payable to “Baptist Health South Florida” with “CPE application fee” in the memo line. 

Rev. Misti Johnson-Arce, MDiv, BCC, ACPE Educator

Director, CPE

Rev. Misti Johnson-Arce, MDiv, BCC, ACPE Educator
Lisa Venegas

CPE Program Contact

Lisa Venegas


Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary academic medical center with 400 beds, 2,800 employees and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health, emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. Boca Regional is designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Lynn Cancer Institute

Lynn Cancer Institute

The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute is one of the largest cancer centers in South Florida and is accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons. The Lynn Cancer Institute treats an estimated 4,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year in facilities such as the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, our state-of-the-art cancer center; as well as our other respective satellite locations in Delray Beach.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English (bilingual Spanish fluency is preferred but not required).
  • Must have a comfort level with using technology (i.e., computers, electronic documentation, teleconferencing).
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with a valid Social Security card or have a current green card. 

Application Requirements

  • Applicants shall provide a completed ACPE application with accompanying materials and documentation.
    • Submitted materials should reflect an openness to sharing, the capacity to reflect at deeper levels and being receptive to the learning process.
  • Applicants shall provide evidence of either graduation from high school or completion of a GED.
  • Master’s level training and the ability to reflect theologically is preferred but not required.
  • ACPE requires students to give written permission for the use of their clinical materials for ACPE Accreditation and research purposes. Clinical materials can be used as data for an Educator’s peer review, a center’s portfolio for Accreditation reviews or for ACPE approved research studies without further notification to the student. All personal information in written documents will be redacted.
  • If applicants have had previous units of CPE training, they are asked to submit copies of their certificates of completion, along with previous self-evaluations and evaluations written by the primary ACPE Certified Educator with whom they have worked.
  • Persons pursuing Level II training are to include previous CPE evaluations written by the ACPE Certified Educator demonstrating that Level I outcomes have been met, as well as any process notes or reports composed by a consultation committee regarding readiness for advancement.
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? Please go to the website and email the completed form to

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  • When are applications accepted? Summer intensive: April 1st deadline 
    Extended part-time: August 1st deadline
  • When are candidate interviews? Summer Intensive: April
    Extended Part-time: August
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? Summer Intensive: April-May
    Extended Part-time: August-September
  • When does the program start? Summer Intensive: June
    Extended Part-time: October

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