Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) teaches students to identify spiritual distress in hospitalized patients and their loved ones and respond to it compassionately and skillfully in order to facilitate healing, no matter what the patients’ or loved ones’ spiritual tradition. CPE teaches the art and science of spiritual care to persons who aspire to become board certified health care chaplains and to clergy in training, such as divinity and rabbinical school students.

The Spiritual Care and Education Department strives to be at the vanguard of chaplaincy practice, education and research. The CPE program is an integral part of that mission.

Mount Sinai Health System offers two types of CPE programs: internships and residencies.


CPE internships take place three times per year: spring (February to May), summer (June to August), and fall (September to January). Each internship requires interns to complete 300 hours of clinical care and 100 hours of group and individual supervision (400 hours total).

View 2016 CPE Internship Schedules [PDF]
View 2017 CPE Internship Schedules [PDF]


CPE residencies are yearlong training opportunities designed for those who aspire to become board-certified health care chaplains. Our outstanding CPE residencies offer 3 units of CPE and include a $30,000 stipend and benefits. Qualifications include a graduate theological degree, one unit of CPE, faith group endorsement, and an admissions interview.   

View 2016 CPE Residency Schedules [PDF]
View 2017 CPE Residency Schedules [PDF]

CPE Supervisors

The Rev. David Fleenor, BCC, ACPE Supervisor
Director of Clinical Pastoral Education

The Rev. David Fleenor is a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and a certified supervisor and former board member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). After earning his Master of Divinity degree at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, David completed a CPE Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then earned a Master of Sacred Theology in Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest at Church of the Transfiguration in New York City, where he continues to preach and preside on a regular basis. He successfully completed HealthCare Chaplaincy's CPE Supervisory Education program while serving as a chaplain at Griffin Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Mount Sinai's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. After serving as the CPE Supervisor and manager of Chaplaincy Services at NYU Langone Medical Center for four years, David became the Senior Director of Chaplaincy Services and Clinical Education at the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. He now serves as the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education for the Mount Sinai Health System.

Rabbi Nathan Goldberg, ACPE Supervisor
CPE Specialist

Rabbi Nathan Goldberg is certified as an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Supervisor, one of only two in America who is Orthodox Jewish. Originally from Nashville, TN, he is a graduate of Yeshiva University and Beit Midrash L'Torah in Israel. After completing chaplaincy training at Memorial/Sloan Kettering, he served as Kansas City's Jewish Chaplain. Rabbi Goldberg's professional life has taken him to many NY area hospitals where he has been Chaplain, Director of Pastoral Care and Chaplain Educator. He now serves on the National Certification Commission for the ACPE.

Rabbi Jo Hirschmann, BCC
ACPE Supervisory Candidate

Rabbi Jo Hirschmann is a board certified chaplain and an ACPE supervisory candidate. A chaplain who has worked in hospice and psychiatric settings, she currently supervises students in the new Clinical Pastoral Education program at Hebrew Union College in New York City. Hebrew Union College is an educational site of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. With Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, she is co-author of Maps and Meaning: Levitical Models of Contemporary Care, published by Fortress Press.

Tuition and Fees

  1. The application fee for internships is $50 and for residencies is $100. Application fees must be paid at the time the application is submitted. Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been paid.
  2. Tuition is $750 for internships. Residents receive a full scholarship for tuition.

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the Mount Sinai CPE Application [DOC]
  2. Download the attached Mount Sinai CPE Reference Form [DOC]
    Fill out the first page and send it to three reference persons. They will send the form directly to Ms. Norma O’Neill in the Mount Sinai Spiritual Care and Education Department.
  3. Pay the application fee by check or credit card. Make the check out to Mount Sinai Medical Center and add CPE Application Fee in the notes section of your check. Mail it to the address below. Alternatively, you may pay the application fee by credit card by calling Ms. Norma O’Neill at 212-241-5280.
  4. Email the application to Norma.O’
  5. As an alternative, you may mail your application along with the application fee by snail mail to:

    Ms. Norma O’Neill
    Clinical Pastoral Education Registrar
    The Mount Sinai Medical Center
    One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1036
    New York, NY 10029

For more information please call 212-241-7262 or email
Mount Sinai’s CPE program is accredited by:
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30033

Contact Us

David Fleenor 
Tel: 212-241-7262
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