Since 1986, The University of California, Davis has sponsored and administered an accredited CPE Center through UC Davis Health in Sacramento.  This academic institution is invested in training professionals to provide spiritual care that meets all the needs of those seeking and those providing healthcare.  Our CPE program is one of the institution’s modes of addressing the diverse spiritual care needs of those we serve. All CPE students receive clinical assignments and on-site on-call duties.

Our CPE Center is accredited to offer Level I, Level II, and Certified Educator CPE. The following diagram delineates our CPE program objective. 

  1. Review the tabs below to determine the CPE cohort you wish to apply to.
  2. Review the Admission Policy
  3. Download the relevant application form
    • Level I and Level II CPE application:  PDF | DOC
    • Certified Educator CPE: PDF | DOC
  4. Download UC Davis letter for Family Education Rights and Privacy (FERPA)
  5. Download Consent form for Use of Materials
  6. Sign and email your application:

This non-salaried Summer Internship is a fulltime intensive introductory and initial CPE unit. The focus is professional and personal interfaith training primarily for seminarians and others able to commit to this training.


  • No prior CPE required
  • Completed ACPE application
  • Onsite interview with CPE selection committee (preferred).
  • Completion of a minimum of one-year seminary education


  • Summer: June through August

Tuition: $500

Salary: None 

DeadlineApplications are accepted, reviewed, and processed until all positions are filled.

This program is for care-provider professionals engaged in active practice of ministry or interested in continuing education and interdisciplinary vocational enhancement. The program is offered periodically. Please check the site regularly for updates.

RequirementNo prior CPE required

  • Completed ACPE application
  • Onsite interview with CPE selection committee (preferred).
  • Complete application to Volunteer Services

2022 – 2023 Extended Program will be offered twice. Once in September 2022 and Second in January 2023

Unit 1 (Cancelled):
Start Date: September 12, 2022
End Date: December 27, 2022

Unit 2:
Start Date: January 23, 2023
End Date: May 9, 2023

Tuition: $500 initial unit

Salary: None

Deadline: Applications are accepted and reviewed until all positions are filled.

Education Times:
8 a.m. Morning Report (with resident group)
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a 60 minute lunch 12 – 1 p.m.

Pastoral Visit Time: Each Extern will schedule 15 clinical hours weekly for patients’ care visits and 12 on-calls for the unit.

On-call Times: TBA

We offer Single Unit Internship during the fall, winter, and spring units as part of the yearlong residency. Any person needing one unit of CPE and able to commit to this non-salaried training may apply. We select one or two applicants to join the yearlong residents as peers. It is a fulltime single unit residency without salary. 


  • No prior CPE required
  • Completed ACPE application
  • Selection interview
  • Seminary education preferred but not required


  • Single Units: See dates in program calendar

Tuition: $500

Salary: None 

Deadline: Applications are accepted, reviewed, and processed until all positions are filled.

Full-time limited appointment position providing spiritual care through full participation in ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education, fulfilling UC Davis Health accredited ACPE CPE program requirement within a learning cohort. This position will allow the student to develop personal, professional, and pastoral competency in ministry. It is for anyone wanting to become a chaplain (military, hospital, prison, street, local congregation etc.) and a board-certified chaplain.  It is also for Clergy, Iman, Priests, other religious and spiritual leaders.  


  • One unit of CPE preferred but not required
  • Completed ACPE Application
  • Master of Divinity, or graduate degree in religion, pastoral care or equivalent
  • Onsite interview with CPE selection committee (Preferred)

Salary: Paid in 12 monthly installments. $38,000/yr or $18.27/hour paid biweekly

Dates: September 1 to August 31

Tuition: $500 initial unit, $300 subsequent unit

Deadline: Applications are accepted and reviewed until all positions are filled

The certified education CPE (formerly Supervisory CPE) is for those who have completed Levels I and II CPE and feel directed to become ACPE certified educators.   This new certification process is a collaboration between this CPE center and ACPE Certification Commission.  The interested person must successfully complete the two-part application process and be accepted by both UC Davis Health CPE center and ACPE to participate in our program.  

Interview Fee: $50.00

Deadline: Applications are accepted and reviewed in conjunction with ACPE until the selection is made.


  • Tuition: Waived for CES
  • Salary: $40,000 paid in 12 monthly installments minus withholdings plus benefits
  • Holidays and PTOs