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CPE Residency


  • Preference is given to those with prior unit of CPE
  • Graduate Theological Master's degree or equivalent as assessed by the Association of Professional Chaplains Certification guidelines (APC)
  • Emotional/Relational capacity for extensive period of experiential learning
  • Must be sufficiently healthy to fulfill duties of a major trauma center
  • Must be an active member of a recognized religious tradition; may be ordained, licensed, commissioned, religious or laity
  • Must be active or have previous experience of spiritual care


  • Applicants who are residents of the US and who do not require ACPE sponsorship may apply at any time.
  • Applicants must submit a completed ACPE application & any previous CPE units.
  • Complete an online Human Resource survey.
  • On site interview with one or all CPE Supervisor(s) of WellSpan Health and Professional Consultation Committee members.
  • Final decision of acceptance is made by the CPE Supervisor(s).

International Applicants

International applicants are encouraged to review this ACPE link for complete requirements, application deadlines, and forms.

Here is a brief summary of the Department of State.

  • Application deadline to WellSpan Health - September 1;  Materials to  ACPE - January 1
  • Only "Trainee" category currently accepted for Residency
  • An in-person or web conference interview is required;   
  • Proof of paid insurance
  • WellSpan process
    • International applicant is a non-citizen who is applying from outside the United States.  All other applicants must adhere to admission procedures.    International applicants must submit application materials no later than September 1.
    • Please submit all the required materials as indicated on the ACPE application.
    • We accept persons applying for Residency who have a Graduate degree in theology, a previous unit of CPE, or experience in Chaplaincy.
    • After an assessment of the application and a determination to proceed with the application process, we will send a videotape of interview questions for the international applicant to answer.  The international applicant must submit a videotape answering the questions; WellSpan will follow up the submitted video with a phone call.  
    • Proof of paid insurance is the responsibility of the international applicant; References are found on the above named website.  
    • Only international applicants who fulfill the above requirements will be considered for CPE Residency.  
      After receiving a letter of acceptance from the international applicant, an application for J-1 Visa must be completed by January 1.
    • International applicants must be in York, PA no later than August 10.


  • Applicants should apply as soon as possible and will be notified within ten (10) working day of the status of their application.
  • Applicants are accepted according to a nondiscriminatory admissions policy
  • The process of selecting applicants is continuous, i.e. based on a rolling admissions policy.
  • If offered a position, the applicant will write a letter of acceptance with a non-fundable fee of $200 (except in medical emergency) the fee is to hold the position in the residency program. This is the only fee charged for the residency program.
  • International Residents who are required to pay a $100 SEVIS fee for a visa (J-1 requirement as of 9/2004) are only required to pay $100 as an acceptance fee.


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