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Summer Intensive Unit (Full-Time)

Summer Intensive CPE units run between 10 to 12 weeks and are full-time programs. Students are required to work 40 hours per week, including educational and clinical time. The Summer Intensive Program is designed primarily for those engaged in graduate theological education and ministry formation. Priority is given to those applicants currently pursing seminary education. Other persons with interest in ministry (including lay ministers with professional education and/or interest in obtaining professional education for ministry) will also be considered for admission.

Summer Intensive units offer only CPE Level I programs. Additional units for CPE Level I or CPE Level II must be taken either as Extended Units or through application and admission to the

Residency Program. 

Additional Units, whether taken as a single extended unit or as part of three consecutive units, requires a separate admission process. The Residency requires a single admission process. 

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.

In addition to clinical time, the 40-hours of weekly work include one weekly educational session, individual supervision sessions, and participation to the on-call day and night shift rotation. 


To apply for the Residency Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree,
  • Completion of or in process of completing a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, or other equivalent degree from a seminary or graduate school that is accredited by a Department of Education authorized accrediting agency (check to see if your institution is accredited),
  • Active membership in a faith group.

Dates and Deadlines

Applications for the Summer Intensive are due each year on January 31. For instance, if you are applying for the summer cohort of 2024, you must submit your application by January 31, 2024. 

Upcoming Summer Intensive Unit dates are:

  • May 29, 2023 - August 8, 2023
  • May 27, 2024 - August 9, 2024


  • Class: Classes are held one day per week for eight hours. Schedule is typically Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Clinical: Students are expected to be in the hospital every weekday spending time in their assigned units providing spiritual care when not in class. 
  • On-Call Shifts: On-call coverage for trauma and hospital emergencies rotates and is negotiated every three months between students and attending chaplains. Rotations are in-house, 12-hour shifts: 8am-8pm and 8pm-8am. On-call spiritual care coverage is 24/7, 365 days per year. Work hours do not exceed 44 weekly including both educational and clinical hours.