Arizona Clinical Pastoral Education

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 Level 1 Trauma Hospitals 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 orthopedics, oncology, 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 ACPE 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 Certified Educator:
Chaplain Osvaldo L. Tañón Maysonet

General Info:

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an experience-based theological education for seminarians, clergy and lay persons of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith/spiritual traditions.  Historically it started as part of an effort early in the 20th century to bridge the gap between science and the religious/spiritual experience.  Early CPE students had opportunities to integrate their learning in real-world ministry situations outside of the classroom, a tradition that still exists today in all CPE programs.  A major focus of CPE is the integration of one’s personal history, faith/spiritual tradition and the behavioral sciences in the practice of spiritual care.  The primary goal of a CPE program is to assist students’ learning in the areas of self-awareness and ministry skills development.  The educational methodology is based on a student-centered learning model and an action/reflection model. Experience in ministry in a typical CPE program is gained as each student is given the responsibility to work as a chaplain on an assigned floor of a hospital or medical center.   CPE students work with multidisciplinary healthcare teams composed of professionals from various professional backgrounds.

Our program is fully accredited by the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.  This accreditation is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

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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 Neshama: 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 vary in length each year (average is 4-5 months) and involve attendance to weekly educational sessions (100 minimum hours) and clinical practice (300 minimum hours) as follows:

  • CPE Class: The regular weekly group learning day will be held on Thursdays from 8:00am through 2:30pm (this includes lunch time).
  • Clinical Time: The regular clinical schedule you will create on your own but should include on-call shift rotations for days, evenings, holidays and/or weekends.  You will create your clinical schedule on a weekly basis with approval from your ACPE Educator and Department Manager.

Although part-time CPE units are flexible in nature, there will still be a significant time commitment involved.  The program will add 20-21 hours to your personal and professional schedules.  Due to the intensity of the program, we recommend that you carefully plan your personal and professional schedules during the months of the program, allowing enough hours to complete all clinical and educational hours, as well as self-care.

  • Dates for 2019
    • Fall: August 26, 2019 – January 10, 2020 (20 weeks).  Application deadline: July 1, 2019
  • Dates for 2020
    • Winter/Spring: January 20, 2020 – May 22, 2020 (18 weeks).  Application deadline: December 1, 2019
    • Fall: August 24, 2020 – January 8, 2021 (20 weeks).  Application deadline:  July 1, 2020

Full-time Intensive Summer CPE Unit:

This is an 11-week long Level I CPE unit designed for seminarians and other graduate students who need to complete a unit of CPE as part of their studies.  Summer intensive units are also available to others who might not necessarily be in graduate school but wish to complete a unit of CPE faster than the extended program.

Students are expected to be in the hospital from 8:00am-4:00pm five days a week unless their on call schedule requires different hours. Educational time involves attendance to class one full day a 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 including weekend rotations. All students take part in the on-call rotation.

  • Dates for 2019
    • June 3, 2019 – August 16, 2019 (11 weeks).  Application deadline: April 1, 2019. *PROGRAM FULL*
  • Dates for 2020
    • June 1, 2020 – August14, 2020 (11 weeks).  Application deadline: April 1, 2020

CPE Residency:

With only three positions available, the Residency program is highly competitive, rigorous and demanding.  It is also designed for those who have clinical chaplaincy as a professional career path. Our Residency is different from other CPE programs we offer in three ways: 1. The program prepares students to meet the minimum requirements for Board Certification upon graduation.  2.  It exposes students to the full experience of being a full-time chaplain in a clinical setting.  3.  It is the only CPE program we offer that has a paid stipend with employee benefits.

The Residency program is offered on a rotation basis in which one Resident starts in January and two start in August of each year.  All Residents receive credit for three units (1200 hrs.) of Level I and Level II CPE during the program.

  • Dates for 2019-2021:
    • Fall Residency Rotation, August 26, 2019 – August 26, 2020 (approximate dates). Application deadline: February 1, 2019. *PROGRAM FULL*
    • Winter Residency Rotation, January 1, 2020 – January 1, 2021 (approximate dates).  One opening available.  Application deadline: August 1, 2019
  • Class Schedule: Classes are held one day a week.
  • Clinical Schedule: CPE Residents follow a complex rotation-based schedule with morning, afternoon, evening and weekend shifts.  This includes on call coverage.  The work week is not scheduled for more than 40 hours. All residents will have two days off per week, though they may not always be consecutive days and they may not always be on a weekend.
  • Benefits: Stipend: $27,040.00; Banner Health employee benefits (including medical, dental, 401(K) and paid time off); monthly cafeteria allowance.

Admission Requirements:

  • Extended Units and Summer Intensive Units:
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Graduate level theological studies completed or in progress preferred
    • Students pursuing certification as chaplains must have a M.Div. or equivalent, faith group ordination and/or faith group endorsement or equivalent before applying for certification.
  • CPE Residency Requirements:
    • One previous (completed at the time of application) Level I ACPE CPE unit
    • Bachelor's degree
    • M.Div. or equivalent completed or in progress
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Ordination and/or endorsement or equivalency completed or in progress
  • Tuition (all programs): $650 per CPE unit.
  • Application (all programs): $50.00 payable to BDMC-CPE
    • Application fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee an admission interview
    • Applications received without an application fee are incomplete and will not be considered

How to Apply:

  • Go to and download the most recent version of the official ACPE application form.
  • Complete the application form entirely
  • Attached the required essays
    • Essays should be thoroughly written, with a graduate-level written proficiency and free of typos or errors.
  • Attach recent copy of résumé
  • Attach copies of previous self-evaluations and supervisor final evaluations for each prior CPE unit completed (as applicable)
  • Attach a copy of a clinical verbatim/case study (for those who have prior CPE units)
  • Include non-refundable $50.00 application fee.  Make check payable to: CPE-BDMC
  • Application materials can be sent by email or surface mail.  The application fee must be sent through mail only.

What Happens Next:

  • The ACPE Educator will review your complete application to determine eligibility.
  • Those considered will receive an invitation for a formal CPE interview.
  • After the interview, applicants should expect to get a formal decision in writing within seven business days.
  • It is always encouraged to call the program manager at the number shown above to get the most updated information about training requirements, exceptions, equivalencies and training dates.

About the BDMC ACPE Certified Educator:

Chaplain Osvaldo L. Tañón Maysonet, M.Div. 
ACPE Certified Educator

Osvaldo joined the Department of Spiritual Care at Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children’s Medical Center in August 2013.  Prior to joining Banner Health he worked as an ACPE Certified Educator supervisor and staff chaplain in New York City.  Osvaldo is also a chaplain in the United States Army Reserve.  He enjoys playing music, as well as the many hiking, climbing, and other outdoors opportunities the State of Arizona offers.

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