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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) interns are most often seminarians or graduate-level theology students who have completed at least one or two years of theological education.

To apply to the Clinical Pastoral Education Internship Program, you must have successfully completed (or be in the process of completing) a master's degree in theology, divinity or a pastoral field. You also must:

  • Have ecclesiastical endorsement
  • Show motivation for clinical pastoral education training and for health-care ministry
  • Have clearly defined educational objectives for the experience
  • Have emotional stability and physical stamina

Policies and Responsibilities
The following Mayo School of Health Sciences' policies affect applications and admissions to its programs:

  • English fluency
    Fluency in written and spoken English is essential to succeed in the program and to ensure patient safety. If English is a second language, you must be able to demonstrate fluency. Satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language examination or the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency must be documented as proof of fluency. Your test results must be less than two years old.
  • Immunization record
    For the protection of patients, interns and employees, and in compliance with state regulations, Mayo Clinic requires interns to be properly immunized. You must show proof of the following immunizations before you begin a program at Mayo School of Health Sciences:
    • Tuberculin test in the past six months
    • Varicella, rubella and rubeola immunity
    • Up-to-date diphtheria and tetanus shots
    • Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declaration

    Documentation of vaccinations must be provided to Mayo Employee Health Service prior to the start of class.

  • Health status
    Prospective interns will undergo a health review at Mayo Clinic and will have the opportunity to update or receive the required tests and immunizations cited above. More information about the health review will be provided after you have been offered a program appointment. Acceptance to the program is dependent upon successful completion of the health review.
  • Medical insurance
    Interns must have medical insurance coverage during their program. Evidence of medical coverage must be provided when your educational program begins.
  • Background check
    Prospective interns must pass a criminal background check and/or drug screening required by state laws, prior to enrollment to Mayo School of Health Sciences.
  • Intern responsibilities
    Mayo School of Health Sciences interns are expected to attend all scheduled classes, examinations and Mayo School of Health Sciences interns are expected to attend all scheduled classes, examinations and assigned clinical rotations unless absence is approved. Interns are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.

    Interns must attend all scheduled group sessions, including regular CPE groups, as well as additionally scheduled didactic sessions. All program participants are expected to be responsible and committed chaplains. In addition:

    • Interns are expected to maintain endorsement or approval from their denomination.
    • Interns are expected to abide by all policies of Mayo Clinic, as well as the Department of Chaplain Services.
  • Equal opportunity
    Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.

Technical Standards
Mayo School of Health Sciences accepts interns who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish to pursue. Applicants to programs must possess the following general qualities:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy for others
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a variety of settings

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the program. Interns seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program's director.

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