Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an experiential learning program that teaches students how to provide spiritual care. At Mount Sinai, the CPE program is accredited for level 1, 2 and supervisory CPE by the ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education and the curriculum focuses on:

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

For more information about what CPE is and its essential components, please visit the ACPE’s FAQ page.

CPE Residency

The goal of Mount Sinai's CPE residency is to prepare residents to become board-certified health care chaplains who advance the field of spirituality and health. Mount Sinai offers a yearlong CPE residency program that includes three units of CPE.

The 2022-23 CPE residency begins on 7/11/2022 and ends on 7/7/2023.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-23 residency.
We will begin accepting applications for the 2023-24 residency in the fall of 2022.

CPE residents serve at one of five Mount Sinai locations including:
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Morningside
Mount Sinai West
New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

$45,000 plus benefits.

To be considered for Mount Sinai’s CPE residency, applicants must have:

  1. Earned a graduate theological degree.
  2. Completed one to two units of CPE.
  3. Completed Mount Sinai’s online CPE application.

Summer 2022 CPE

Mount Sinai offers a ten-week intensive summer program, through which students earn one unit of CPE. Students conduct their clinical work at Mount Sinai hospitals. The program requires a full-time commitment Monday through Friday.

Program dates: Friday, May 27 – Friday, August 5, 2022

We are no longer accepting applications for the summer 2022 CPE program. We will begin accepting applications for the summer 2023 program in the fall of 2022.

Extended Unit 2022-23

Mount Sinai offers a 25-week extended program, through which students earn one unit of CPE. Students conduct their clinical work at Mount Sinai hospitals. The program involves five hours per week of class time and 15 hours per week of clinical time.

Program dates: October 3, 2022 – March 24, 2023

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

How to Apply to Mount Sinai’s CPE Programs

  1. Complete the CPE application.
  2. Ask three reference persons (academic, religious/denominational, and personal) to complete this reference form. It will be emailed directly to the CPE program.
  3. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Department of Spiritual Care at 212-241-7262.

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.
  3. Payments may be made by credit card.

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
Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine

Jo Hirschmann is a board-certified chaplain (with Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Association of Professional Chaplains) and an ACPE Certified Educator. She serves as the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education for the Center for Spirituality and Health, is an Assistant Clinical 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 pastoral education.

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn, BCC, ACPE
ACPE Certified Educator
Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education

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 I, II and Certified Educator CPE by:
The ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
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