Arizona Clinical Pastoral Education Program  

Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children's Medical Center CPE Program


Banner Desert Medical Center (BDMC) and Cardon Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) are located on the same Campus in Mesa, Ariz.. BDMC is a 589-bed comprehensive hospital in the East Valley of metro Phoenix. Specialty care is offered in cancer, high risk pregnancies, and cardiovascular care. CCMC is a 248-bed pediatric hospital. Specialty care is offered in hematology/oncology, Level II neonatal intensive care and pediatric emergency services.

Accredited CPE Center:

Banner Desert Medical Center
1400 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
Phone (480) 412-3199
 Fax (480) 412-4888
Spiritual Care Department Senior Manager:
Rev. Kimberly Murman
ACPE Supervisor:
CPE Residency: 
Begins late August each year and continues for a 12-month period. Credit for three units (1200 hrs.) of Level I and Level II CPE during the 12 months.
  • Dates for 2013-2014: Aug. 19. 2013-Aug. 15, 2014.
  • Dates for 2014-2015: Aug. 18, 2014-Aug.14, 2015. Application deadline: February 1, 2014. 
  • Class Schedule: Classes are held one day a week from 8:00am-3:30pm
  • Clinical Schedule: Residents are expected to be in the hospital from 8:00am-4:30pm every day unless they are working one of the on-call shifts,
  • On-call Responsibilities: On-call shifts from 8:00am-1:00pm; 1:00pm-6:00pm; and 6:00pm-8:00am. The 6:00pm shift requires the Resident to be in-house until 8:00am. A sleep room is provided for persons working the overnight shift. The work week is not scheduled for more than 40 hours. We make every effort to provide two days off together, although it may not be the same two days every week.
  • CPE Residency Requirements:
    • One previous Level I ACPE CPE unit
    • Bachelor's degree
    • M.Div., M.Th. completed or in progress
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Ordination or equivalency to ordination completed or in progress
  • Tuition: $600 per CPE unit
  • Benefits: Stipend: $27,040.00; Banner Health employee benefits (including medical, dental, 401(K) and paid time off); monthly meal allowance.

Extended CPE Units:

Extended CPE units are part-time programs designed especially for those students who are employed or enrolled in other educational courses and who can attend CPE only on a part-time basis. Students pursuing certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), or National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) are offered the possibility of completing four consecutive Extended CPE Units with a comprehensive, sequential Level I and Level II CPE curriculum. Every unit, whether taken as a single unit or part of four consecutive units, requires a separate admission process.

Extended CPE units are approximatley four-month long CPE Level I and Level II programs that involve attendance to weekly educational sessions. Classes will be held either Tuesday or Thursday for the duration of the unit and will meet from 8:00am-3:00pm. In addition to the class time, clinical work will take an additional 18-20 hours each week and include participation in the on-call rotation (mornings, afternoons, overnight and weekends).

  • Dates for 2013-2014:
    • Winter/Spring: Jan. 23 – May 16, 2014
      Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2013.
  • Dates for 2014-2015:
    • Fall: Sept. 3, 2014 - Jan, 13, 2015.
      Application deadline: July 1, 2014.
    • Winter-Spring: Jan. 22 - May 15, 2015.                
      Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2014.
  • Tuition: $600 
  • Admission Requirements
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Theological studies completed or in progress
    • Students pursuing certification as chaplains must have a M.Div., faith group ordination or equivalent, or faith group endorsement

Full-time Intensive Summer CPE Unit:

This is a 12-week long Level I CPE unit designed for seminarians and other graduate students.

  • Students are expected to being the hospital from 8:00am-4:30pm every day. Educational time involves attendance to class one full day each week and weekly individual supervision sessions. The remainder of the time is spent on assigned hospital floors providing care to patients, families and staff. Clinical time will average 32 hours per week. All students take part in the on-call rotation.
  • Dates for 2014: May 27-Aug. 15, 2014. Application deadline April 1, 2014.
  • Tuition: $600
  • Admission requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Theological studies completed or in progress

Application fee for each program: $50.00 payable to BDMC-CPE

About the BDMC ACPE Supervisor:

Osvaldo Tanon

Chaplain Osvaldo L. Tañón Maysonet, M.Div.
Associate Supervisor (ACPE)
Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, Osvaldo is the newest member of our team.  He joined the Department of Spiritual Care as an Associate CPE supervisor for Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children’s Medical Center in August 2013.  Prior to joining Banner Health he worked as an Associate CPE supervisor and staff chaplain with the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City.  Osvaldo is also a chaplain in the United States Army Reserves.  He received his M.Div. in 2005 from Andrews University at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  In his spare time he enjoys hiking, camping and playing music

CPE Students' Testimonials:

"CPE enriched my soul, mind and heart as I learned of listening, sharing and caring for others"  The Rev. Sylvia Torrey, Maricopa, Ariz.

"CPE has taught me to listen with my third ear -- my heart"  Chaplain Chad Horton, Mesa, Ariz.

"CPE has given me a deeper understanding of relationships, personal needs and ministry in all aspects of life"  Phil Doyle, Glendale, Ariz.

"I enjoyed meeting different kinds of people during my ministry practice. I grew emotionally and spiritually because of CPE"  The Rev. Joel Padilla, Gilbert, Ariz.

"CPE for me is charity for excellence...bringing forth God's love to all!" Eva R. Garces, Gilbert, Ariz.

"In CPE I learned how to provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. I became skilled at actively listening as another shared their beliefs, suffering and relationship with God. I enjoyed hearing people's stories and praying with them. I grew in my relationship with God. I appreciate that while my fellow chaplains and I differ in gender, race, politics, and faith tradition, we are unified in our trust in God and our desire to walk with those who are suffering on their path to their Higher Power. The work is very rewarding."  Pamela Kaplan, Mesa, Ariz.

"I grudgingly began my first unit of CPE. I had served as a volunteer chaplain for two years at a hospital. I knew how to be a chaplain! At least, I thought I knew....What I did not know was that I did not know. I did not know myself intimately enough to be able to connect empathically and in a spiritually intimate way with another person, while retaining the interpersonal boundary. Through CPE I learned how my life experiences had helped me grow through pain and joy, how I had managed to avoid parts of my own grieving after major losses. While I learned so much in CPE about how to be a chaplain, how to listen, how to maintain healthy boundaries, and much more, CPE changed my life by helping me know myself intimately." Angela Boggs, Mesa, Ariz.

Arizona Clinical Pastoral Education Program
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
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