Grady’s Center of Spiritual Care and Education accepts student applications throughout the year. Click HERE to review the application form.
Grady’s Spiritual Care and Education Center, ACPE/CPE program, has specific admission criteria and protocols in compliance with current ACPE Standards and stipulations in the 2020 ACPE Accreditation Manual. All complete applications will be reviewed by Grady staff to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications. Only qualified applicants will be invited to complete an admissions interview as part of the application process.
Grady does not discriminate against any qualified individual in an admissions decision for reasons of race, color, national origin, gender, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, or faith group.
The Center receives applications at any time. The Center will review an application either within 30 days of file completion or 30 days after the Center’s scheduled review date, usually two to three months before an internship begins and six months before a residency begins.
When ACPE units are advertised with start and end dates, the application deadline is three months before the residency begins and 45 days before an internship unit begins.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible and not wait for deadlines because the process is competitive and space is limited.
It remains the Center’s right to waive a program deadline if admittance of a qualified student is necessary to satisfy the peer group standard or if there is a need to diversify a CPE education group. Admission decisions are made within 30 days after a complete application is received and after admissions screening interviews have been scheduled and completed. Submission of an application does not guarantee an interview, and no reason will be given in case of the decline of an interview or admission to the program.
Once a decision has been made not to accept an applicant, application materials will be disposed of 30 days after the decline letter has been mailed in a manner that protects the confidentiality, or declined applicants may request in writing for their application materials to be mailed back to them. The applicants need to understand that neither the submission of an application nor any subsequent invitation for an interview by a representative of GCSCE constitutes an offer of enrollment in any of the Grady Clinical Pastoral Education Programs. If an applicant in a Pastoral Education Program is denied, GCSCE is not obligated to provide the declined applicant with a reason for its denial. In the event of a student dropping out of the program, the search for a replacement may involve using a list of a pool of applicants who applied, were not accepted yet agreed to keep their file active, and be on a waiting list. If no active list is on file, the ACPE center will seek interested and qualified persons.
Grady’s Director of Clinical Pastoral Education Program signs all letters of admission. Acceptance letters will be sent out within 30 days after the applicant’s last admission interview.
The accepted student signs all required documents (training agreement, confirmation of policies and procedures, consent forms, Student Information update sheet, CPE education contract, tuition payment plan) during the Center Orientation. No student may begin orientation and CPE education at any of the programs/sites without completing these required documents.