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The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Fellowship is designed to guide aspiring CPE Educators through the process of certification with ACPE. The fellow will work as a core part of an inter-faith spiritual care team, supporting persons of diverse socio-economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds while adhering to hospital and departmental policies. The CPE Fellow will provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, guests, and staff primarily at the Cary campus of WakeMed Health & Hospitals.

Educational duties include participating in seminars and completing written requirements as assigned by the ACPE Certified Educators in the Spiritual Care department. The focus of the first year will be geared towards clinical and system integration as well as preparing application materials for admission into the ACPE Certified Educator training program. After successful admission, the CPE Fellow will officially begin Certified Educator Training.

The expectation is for the fellow to complete the process in three to four years pending annual.


  • Completion of four (4) units of ACPE CPE
  • Graduate degree in theology, religion, or related field
  • Eligible for endorsement within the first year
  • Strong demonstrated motivation for becoming an ACPE-CE


  • Schedule is Monday – Friday from 8am – 4:30pm
  • Clinical hours and on-call requirements
  • Completion of educational requirements


  • Stipend of approximately $44,000.00
  • Contracted Position (excludes hospital employee benefits such as medical insurance, life insurance, paid days off, and pharmacy discounts).


  • Application fee of $30.00
  • Deposit of $50, if accepted
  • Tuition and requisite fees covered by WakeMed

Expectations of a Fellow

  • The CPE Fellow will be highly motivated to engage in a rigorous 2-4 year training  program designed to lead to certification as a Certified ACPE Educator.
  • A strong candidate will possess a high level of the following qualities (adapted from ACPE Certification Manual):
    • A sense of personal initiative
    • Face-to-face authenticity
    • A high level of emotional maturity
    • Theological depth and congruence
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Conceptual diversity
    • Pluralistic openness
    • Collegial autonomy
    • Capacity to function professionally in situations of high anxiety

What the Fellow Can Expect From Us

  • A spiritual care staff dedicated to providing the very best in pastoral care to patients, families, and staff .
  • A staff that values ACPE-CPE training and routinely evaluates the various programs with a goal of improving what we do
  • A seasoned and diverse ACPE-CPE faculty who work together to assure that students receive the most engaging, relevant, challenging, and rich experience possible.
  • A staff that will be honest, open, and willing to work with students
  • A staff committed to do what needs to be done to address the pastoral care concerns of the institution, the students, and ourselves.
  • A staff that will be committed to you and your goals to become an ACPE Certified Educator.

Completed applications may be submitted via email to: lnambo@wakemed.org.

Application fee: You can make the check payable to the WakeMed Department of Spiritual Care and send it by mail to:   
WakeMed Dept. of Spiritual Care  
3000 New Bern Ave.  
Raleigh, NC 27610