On the campus of Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Lynn Cancer Institute, a plethora of opportunities are afforded to residents to provide ministry to patients, family members and staff from religiously and culturally diverse populations, as well as give exposure to a variety of medical specialties. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is a part of the largest faith based healthcare system in South Florida.

With four residents per year, this Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency Program offers an individualized approach to the “action, reflection” model of learning. The small peer group sessions and individual supervisory sessions with the Certified Educator allow for trust to be built and authentic sharing to occur so students get the most from their learning experience.

Desired learning goals for each resident are integrated into the curriculum. Given South Florida’s diverse population, the curriculum also strives to expose students to major world religions and a variety of cultures and help them understand “interfaith chaplaincy.” Residents will also strengthen their listening and interpersonal skills, their capacity to sit with others in emotional, physical, and spiritual pain, convey a non-anxious presence and learn more about grief and loss. They will also develop their leadership and team-building skills through collaboration on inter-professional teams and community engagement.

Our educators and board certified staff chaplains also assist our chaplain residents with navigating through the board certification process for professional chaplains. Baptist Health South Florida provides a personalized patient and family-centered environment and has consistently received high patient satisfaction scores. It is known in the community for its commitment to caring and for its charitable services.

Our vision is to offer a spiritual care residency program in South Florida of the highest caliber and to be known for providing quality education, learning experiences and care and support to the students who participate, while serving the community at large and honoring the Baptist Health South Florida mission.

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 Accreditation

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) | ID: 1588-SCLS

Program Size


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 Prerequisites

  • Applicants are required to show evidence of having completed at least one unit of ACPE accredited CPE training.
  • 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 or permanent resident and have a Social Security number.
  • Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials, favorable references and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must provide a completed ACPE application with accompanying materials and documentation.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of either graduation from high school/ completion of a GED or ordination by a faith community or commission to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE.
  • Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree to apply for residency, but a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Show evidence of ordination, commissioning or endorsement from a faith community or appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE.
  • 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.
  • All applicants must submit copies of certificates of completion from previous training units completed along with previous self-evaluations and the evaluations written by the primary ACPE Certified Educators 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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline


Block Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several block rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a wide variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Emergency Department and Observation
Cardiology and Pulmonology
Intensive Care
Women's services
Mother-Baby and Pediatrics

Longitudinal Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Palliative Care
End of Life Care

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