Duration: August 21, 2017- August 17, 2018


Program Information

This year-long, full-time, three-CPE unit Residency Program is offered for clergy, qualified lay persons and others interested in specialized training in spiritual care and preparation for professional chaplaincy. Residency applicants should note that the successful completion of a prior Level I CPE unit is a pre-requisite for applying to the Residency Program. Residents are assigned to provide spiritual care to designated clinical units (which are typically kept throughout the year), and also have the opportunity to learn about more acute or specialized clinical areas through choosing an additional clinical/learning module in Unit 3. Each resident should expect to be on call (in house) approximately five to six after-hours shifts per month (each 12 or 16 hours), and cover holidays in rotation. Given the full-time commitment needed, it is not possible to be employed or take outside classes during the year.


Stipend and Benefits

Resident Chaplains receive a stipend of $30,500. Benefits include:
  • opportunity to participate in Ohio State health care benefits
  • sick time as accrued
  • participation in OSU retirement programs
  • department-paid parking costs
  • 10 days of paid time off 
  • two denominational meeting days
  • respite time off for on-call shifts per department policy 
  • if ordained, designation of portion of stipend as clergy housing allowance
  • full tuition scholarship

Residency Program Prerequisites and Requirements

Satisfactory completion of one previous Level I unit of CPE required; graduate theological education (a Master of Divinity degree or graduate theological degree from an accredited theological seminary or its equivalent is preferred); and a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree.


Application Instructions

All individuals applying to our CPE Programs should use the ACPE application form. Applicants should make sure to answer all questions thoroughly and completely and attach appropriate supporting documents. All applications require a non-refundable $25.00 application fee (make checks payable to Wexner Medical Center Dept. of Chaplaincy and CPE); applications can be mailed or emailed to the Dept. of Chaplaincy and CPE. Residency applications may be submitted beginning November 15. All applications are reviewed, although given the volume of applications, not all applicants are interviewed. Interviews are scheduled beginning in January and continue through the winter until the eight positions are filled.


Submission of Completed Applications or Questions

For inquiries, and to submit completed applications:
Department of Chaplaincy and CPE
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
S594 Rhodes Hall
410 West 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1228
Phone: 614-293-8791
E-mail: CPE@osumc.edu

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