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Clinical Pastoral Education Residency (Minnesota)


Program description

The Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is a 12-month intensive program that provides three units of clinical pastoral training. Each unit is approximately 13 weeks long with a one-month integration time following each unit.

Each unit provides at least 400 hours of supervised clinical education and fulfills all the necessary accreditation standards.


The Clinical Pastoral Education Residency is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

This accrediting agency has authorized Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, and Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, to carry on training programs under its auspices. The programs undergo annual evaluations and an intensive re-accreditation process regularly.

Mayo Clinic's Clinical Pastoral Education Residency is accredited to offer Level I and Level II ACPE training.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.


Clinical Pastoral Education residents learn and practice at both the Saint Marys campus and Methodist campus, which are part of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Graduates are eligible for certification with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, the Association of Professional Chaplains, or the National Association of Jewish Chaplains.


For the majority of the classroom instruction, the learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week.

Residents work with Mayo's chaplain services staff to provide on-call ministry for the inpatient and outpatient services of Mayo Clinic. Trainees participate in all service shifts, including days, evenings, nights, and weekend on-call coverage. Worship and preaching opportunities are part of the weekend schedule.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits four individuals to the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency. Therefore, class sizes and clinical groups are small, and one-on-one instruction is provided.