Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Clinical Pastoral Education

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is a premier academic medical center that serves the metro Phoenix community and is a statewide referral center for Level I trauma care, high-risk obstetrics, cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as for pancreas, liver and kidney transplant services.

The hospital shares its campus with the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Rehabilitation Institute.

The hospital serves a diverse and multicultural population.

  • Accredited ACPE Center
    Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
    1111 E. McDowell Road
    Phoenix, AZ 85006
    Phone: (602) 839-4324
    Fax (602) 839-2249

    Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix is Accredited for Level I, Level II and Supervisory CPE through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • Spiritual Care Department Senior Manager & ACPE Associate Certified Educator

CPE Residency

Begins at the end of August/beginning of September each year and continues through Aug. 31 of the following year. Credit is for three units (1200 hours) of Level I and Level II CPE during 12 months.

  • Dates for 2018-19
    • September 4, 2018 – August 31, 2019
    • Application deadline: March 30, 2018
  • Class Schedule
    • CPE classes are held once a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Clinical Schedule
    • Students are expected to be in the hospital from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day spending time on their assigned floors providing spiritual care when not in class.
    • Clinical time will average 28 hours a week.
  • On-Call Responsibilities
    • On-call coverage for trauma and hospital emergencies rotates and is negotiated monthly between students and on-call staff. Rotations are in-house 12-hour shifts. A sleep room is provided. On-call spiritual care coverage is 24/7 weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Work hours do not exceed 40 weekly, including both educational and clinical hours.
  • 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
    • $650 per CPE Residency unit
    • Application fee: $50, which will be applied to tuition if applicant is accepted
    • Application fee can be paid via check or money order to BUMCP-CPE and sent to the address listed at the bottom of this page
  • Benefits
    • Stipend: $27,040
    • Banner Health employee benefits (including medical, dental, 401(K) and paid time off)
    • Monthly meal credit

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 as part of four consecutive units, requires a separate admission process.

  • Both Spring-Fall and Fall-Spring Extended Units are six-month long CPE Level I and Level II programs that involve attendance to one weekly Monday evening educational sessions, individual supervision sessions, and 60 monthly hours of clinical work, including participation to the on-call day and night shift rotation.
  • Dates for 2017-18
    • Spring – Fall 2018: April 30 – October 22, 2018, application deadline: February 28, 2018
    • Fall 2018 – Spring 2019: November 5, 2018 – May 6, 2019, application deadline September 30, 2018
  • Tuition
    • $650
    • Application fee: $50, which will be applied to tuition if applicant is accepted
    • Application fee can be paid via check or money order to BUMCP-CPE and sent to the address listed at the bottom of this page
  • 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 MDiv., faith group ordination or equivalent, and faith group endorsement

Full-Time Intensive Summer CPE Unit

This is a 14-week long Level I CPE unit especially designed for seminarians and other graduate students.

  • Students are expected to be in the hospital from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. Educational time involves attendance to three morning classes per week and to individual supervision sessions. The rest of the time is spent by students on assigned hospital floors providing spiritual care to patients, families and staff. Clinical time will average 30 hours per week. Students take part in the on-call day and night shift rotation.
  • Dates for 2018:
    • No Summer Intensive CPE Unit offered for 2018.
  • Tuition:
    • $650
    • Application fee: $50, which will be applied to tuition if applicant is accepted
    • Application fee can be paid via check or money order to BUMCP-CPE and sent to the address listed at the bottom of this page
    • 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
  • Admission requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Active membership in a faith group
    • Theological studies completed or in progress

About the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix ACPE CPE Supervisory Group

The Rev. Katherine Tang directs the Spiritual Care department and the ACPE CPE program at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. She is a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association for Professional Chaplains (APC) and an ACPE Associate Certified Educator. She joined our team as staff chaplain in March 2014. Born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin, Katherine attended college in LaCrosse, WI, majoring in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL and earned her Master of Divinity in 2003. In 2013 Katherine completed her MBA with a focus in Healthcare from Roseman University of Health Sciences and, in 2014, returned to the Banner – University Medical Center, where she had been previously trained as a chaplain in 2003. She is an ordained United Methodist Elder, married and has a beloved 14-year-old Dalmatian, Pecas. Katherine and her husband enjoy spending time with their families, traveling and exploring new restaurants.

For more information about our CPE programs, please contact

  • Rev. Katherine Tang, ACPE Associate Certified Educator 
  • Phone: (602) 839-4382
  • Address:
    Spiritual Care Department
    Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
    1111 E. McDowell Road
    Phoenix, AZ 85006