What will I learn?

Program goal

To provide clinical education for pastoral care professionals as well as other health care providers in the spiritual care of patients and families within an interdisciplinary context

Student learning outcomes

  • Students will articulate the central themes and core values of their religious heritage and the theological understanding that informs their ministry (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.1).
  • Students will identify and discuss major life events, relationships and cultural contexts that influence personal identity as expressed in pastoral functioning (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.2).
  • Students will initiate peer group and supervisory consultation and receive critique about one’s ministry practice (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.3).
  • Students will risk offering appropriate and timely critique (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.4).
  • Students will recognize relational dynamics within group contexts (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.5).
  • Students will demonstrate integration of conceptual understandings presented in the curriculum into pastoral practice (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.6).
  • Students will initiate helping relationships within and across diverse populations (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.7).
  • Students will use the clinical methods of learning to achieve their educational goals (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.8).
  • Students will formulate clear and specific goals for continuing pastoral formation with reference to personal strengths and weaknesses (ACPE Standard 311, Outcome 311.9).

Which department am I in?

College of Health Professions

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,741.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 May 2020, 18 August 2020


College of Health Professions

900 E. Leigh Street,



23298, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants must have successfully completed undergraduate training and hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution reflecting ability to perform at the graduate level. Students must apply and be accepted to VCU’s Graduate School to participate in our Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Applicants holding degrees from recognized foreign institutions should display an acceptable level of English proficiency by achieving a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL paper-based examination or 100 on the Internet-based examination. Ability to communicate orally and in writing must be presented to the Department of Patient Counseling Admissions Committee.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond