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Intern units are offered three times each year. Extended units are offered in the Fall (August to December) and Spring (January to May). A full-time summer unit begins in late May and goes through mid-August.

Students can choose to be involved in Hospital Based or Urban Ministry CPE. All units require a minimum of 400 hours of supervised ministry.

Hospital Based CPE

The Hospital based unit offers students the opportunity to provide spiritual care to patients, families, and staff within the setting of a major Medical Center. Students serve as the Chaplain for a specific clinical area in addition to on-call rotations and Saturday and Sunday assistance with spiritual care consults on a rotating basis. Students have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary health care rounds with medical staff on their assigned clinical unit.

Urban Ministry CPE

Urban Ministry CPE provides the student with an opportunity to offer spiritual care to those who are often marginalized in our society. Increasing ministerial identity and growing self-awareness contribute to a rich journey to identify with "the least of these." This program is open to laity, divinity school students, and clergy with a strong interest in learning from and serving the poor.

Selected placements include the Helen Wright Women’s Shelter, South Salisbury St. Men’s Shelter, St. Savior’s Center and Urban Ministries of Wake County. Urban Ministry CPE students also have exposure to hospital ministry by completing on-call rotations each month and Saturday and Sunday assistance with spiritual care consults on a rotating basis. Meetings and written requirements are the same as Hospital Based CPE.


For both the hospital-based and urban ministry internships, meetings may include:

  • Case Conference Seminars
  • Interpersonal and Professional Relationship Group (IPR)
  • Didactic Seminars
  • Clinical Focus
  • Individual Supervision
  • Theological Reflection Seminar
  • Story Theology

Required Written Work

For both the hospital-based and urban ministry internships, required written work may include:

  • Learning Contract
  • Verbatim Reports
  • Weekly Reflection Papers
  • Weekly Visitation Logs
  • Cultural Reflection Paper
  • Story Theology 
  • Mid-Unit Evaluations
  • Reading to Support Learning Contract & as assigned
  • Final Evaluations

Application: Download Application

There is a $25.00 application fee for all CPE programs at WakeMed. Please send the completed application and a check (made out to WakeMed Department of Spiritual Care) to:

      WakeMed Health & Hospitals
      Department of Spiritual Care
      3000 New Bern Avenue
      Raleigh, NC 27610

If applications are sent electronically, please mail the $25.00 application fee. Questions may be answered by calling 919-350-8556 or by email to Mary Ann Boothe

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