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
  • Spiritual Care Department and ACPE CPE Senior Manager:
    Rev. Dr. Adriana P. Cavina
  • ACPE Supervisory Education student:
    Rev. Katherine Z. Tang , ACPE Supervisory Candidate

CPE Residency

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

  • Dates for 2016-2017
    • Sept.1, 2016 - Aug.31, 2017
    • Application deadline: February 28, 2016
  • Class Schedule
    • CPE classes are held twice a week from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Clinical Schedule
    • Students are expected to be in the hospital from 8:00 a.m. - 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
    • $600 per CPE Residency unit
  • Benefits
    • Stipend: $27,040
    • Banner Health employee benefits (including medical, dental, 401(K) & 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 50 monthly hours of clinical work, including participation to the on-call day and night shift rotation.
  • Dates for 2016
    • Spring-Fall 2016: March 15- September 12, 2016. Application deadline: January 31, 2016.
    • Fall-Winter 2016: September 19, 2016- March 13, 2017. Application deadline: July 31, 2016.
  • Tuition
    • $600
    • Application fee: $50, which will be applied to tuition if applicant is accepted.
  • 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 11-week long Level I CPE unit especially designed for seminarians and other graduate students.

  • Students are expected to be in the hospital from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. everyday. 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 2016:
    • May 23 - August 12, 2016
    • Application deadline: April 30, 2016
  • 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

  • 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

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

The Rev. Dr. Adriana Cavina 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 Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor. She holds Master's degrees in English Language and Literature, Philosophy, Educational Psychology and Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry in Multicultural Competencies. A native of Italy, Adriana is one of the first Italian women to have been ordained as Baptist pastor. She is now recognized as clergy and endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. Adriana began her work as Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, where she held the position of director of Spiritual Care from 1998 to 2003. She then joined the Faculty of the Department of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. from 2003 to 2008. Adriana was certified as an ACPE Supervisor in February 2004. She re-joined Banner Health in 2008.

The Rev. Katherine Tang joined our team as staff chaplain in March 2014. She is currently an ACPE Supervisory Candidate, certified to lead CPE units while being supervised. Born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin, Church was always an active part of Katherine’s life. Katherine attended college in LaCrosse, WI, majoring in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. Having felt a call to ministry from the age of 14, she attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL and earned her Master of Divinity in 2003. Following graduation she enrolled in her first unit of CPE at Banner Desert Medical followed by a year-long residency at Banner – University Medical Center. For the past ten years, Katherine has been engaged in chaplaincy through her local church and professionally, and was delighted to return to Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix to continue this vital ministry. She is an ordained United Methodist Elder and is married to Rev. Anthony Tang, also a United Methodist Elder. They have two dogs, Bailey and Pecos, and enjoy spending time with their families, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.

For more information about our CPE programs, please contact

  • Rev. Adriana P. Cavina, ACPE Supervisor
  • Phone: (602) 839-4324