Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an experiential learning program that teaches spiritual care. Working under the supervision of an ACPE Certified Educator, students engage in educational seminars and provide spiritual care to patients. Students explore their clinical work with their Certified Educator and training cohort to deepen their clinical skills and their reflective practice. Mount Sinai’s CPE program is accredited for Level 1, Level 2, and Certified Educator CPE by the ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education. Our curriculum focuses on:

  • Relational Flexibility
  • Narrative Reflexivity
  • Spiritual Assessment and Outcome-Oriented Chaplaincy
  • Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppression, and Structurally-Effective Care
  • Religious, Spiritual and Values-Based Competencies
  • Ethical Practice
  • Research Fundamentals
  • Leadership, Team Work and Boundaries
  • Reflective Practice and Self-Care

For more information about CPE, please visit the  ACPE’s FAQ page.

Each year, we run three CPE programs: a year-long residency, an 11-week summer program, and an extended unit that runs from the fall to the spring.

If you have questions or would like more information about any of our programs, please email

CPE Residency

Mount Sinai offers a yearlong CPE residency. Applicants must have one prior unit of CPE.

The 2024-25 CPE residency begins on July 15, 2024 and ends on July 11, 2025. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024-25 residency.

The 2025-26 residency will begin on July 14, 2025 and end on July 10, 2026. We will begin accepting applications for the 2025-26 residency in the fall of 2024.

CPE residents serve at one of three Mount Sinai locations:

Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Morningside
Mount Sinai West

The salary for the yearlong residency is $45,000 plus benefits.

Summer CPE

Mount Sinai offers an eleven-week intensive summer program. The program requires a full-time commitment Monday through Friday. There are no overnight or weekend on-call responsibilities as part of the program.

In summer 2024, the program will begin on Tuesday, May 28 and conclude on Friday, August 9. We are no longer accepting applications for the summer 2024 program.

We will begin reviewing applications for our summer 2025 program in the fall of 2024.

Extended Unit

Mount Sinai offers a 25-week extended program that runs from October to March. The program requires five hours per week of class time and 15 hours per week of clinical time.

The 2024-25 extended unit runs from October 7, 2024 to March 28, 2025.
We are currently accepting applications for our 2024-25 extended unit.

How to Apply to Mount Sinai’s CPE Programs

  1. Complete our online application form.
  2. Ask three people to serve as references. Send these three people our online reference form and and ask them to complete it. When your references submit the form, it will come directly to us. You should identify one reference from each of the following three categories:
    • Academic or educational
    • Religious, spiritual, or values-based community
    • Personal

Tuition and Deposits

  1. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in the program.
  2. Tuition is due at the beginning of the CPE program.

Tuition & Fees

CPE Residency

Summer and Extended Units

Non-refundable deposit

(due upon acceptance)




(due by first day)



Total Cost



CPE Certified Educators

Rabbi Jo Hirschmann, BCC, ACPE, FACHE
ACPE Certified Educator
Senior Director of Education, Center for Spirituality and Health
Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine

Jo Hirschmann is a board-certified chaplain, an ACPE Certified Educator, and a rabbi ordained by the Reform Movement. She serves as the Senior Director of Education for the Center for Spirituality and Health, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Jo has adapted CPE’s learning model for healthcare managers and directors and, in partnership with Mount Sinai’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, co-created a series of training videos on best practices in the spiritual care of transgender patients. She is a co-author of Maps and Meaning: Levitical Models for Contemporary Care, and she teaches and writes about chaplaincy practice and spiritual care education.

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn, BCC, ACPE
ACPE Certified Educator

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn is a board-certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator.  After working in the Jewish community in social justice-oriented positions and in the Jewish camping world, she discerned a call to the rabbinate.  She was ordained through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck on Long Island, NY before returning to chaplaincy. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel facilitated CPE units online, where students learned to provide spiritual care in the midst of a global crisis. Rachel has worked as a chaplain in a variety of medical settings including cardiology, pre/post-operative areas, and palliative care. She currently serves on the ACPE Advocacy Committee, which engages with issues of justice within the fields of chaplaincy and education.


Mount Sinai’s CPE program is accredited for Level 1, Level 2 and Certified Educator CPE by The ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.

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