Programs and locations

What can you expect as an Allina Health CPE student?

  • Expect to be involved in ministry in a wide range of clinical contexts and to a diversity of patients, families and staff, while functioning as part of an multidisciplinary care team.
  • Expect to learn about yourself as person, as learner, as colleague in the learning process, and as minister to persons in distress.
  • Expect to be in an ongoing conversation with others about that ministry and about yourself as minister: colleague learners in a small group, supervisor, staff chaplains, and hospital staff.
  • Expect to learn about your limp (cf., Jacob and the angel) and how your strengths and limitations, your brokenness and healing, your faith and your doubts inhibit and enhance your spiritual care practice.
  • Expect to be encouraged and challenged to become excellent in pastoral ministry, because this is the primary goal of clinical pastoral education at our Center.


The Allina Health CPE programs are founded on the principles of respect, honesty, and fairness. The Center's CPE supervisors attempt to create a learning environment where each student experiences clinical challenge, appropriate engagement, and clear boundaries.

Allina Health Clinical Pastoral Education offers three programs:

  • Internship
  • Chaplain Residency
  • Supervisory Education


Allina Health Clinical Pastoral Education Center students gain a wealth of professional and personal experience at these Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area hospitals:

They are part of Allina Health, a non-profit network of hospitals, clinics and other services that provide health care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Abbott Northwestern and United hospitals work closely with Children's Hospitals and Clinics in caring for premature newborns to older teens on the same campus.

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