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Frequently Asked Questions



What is the deadline for submitting an application?
In order to be accepted into the program for classes beginning the end of August (varies each year), students must submit their online application on, or before February 1st.

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How are applications processed?
AHS acknowledges receipt of application and required materials in a letter and will communicate with applicant if materials are incomplete. Applicants are contacted to set an appointment for an interview.

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What can I expect during the formal interview?
AHS will review the applicant's materials and will confirm information and understanding of the student's intentions and goals. Discussion may focus on: the applicant's specific goals for an educational unit, understanding of personal dynamics and professional effectiveness, and any practical concerns of engaging in a particular period of education. The emphasis for the interview is educational objectives and readiness for learning.

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What are the costs?
Tuition and relocation expenses are paid by Adventist Health System. Students are responsible for medical/dental coverage costs and retirement benefits costs as per the HR new employee hiring package. Cost varies yearly and depends upon individual selections.

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When may I expect a decision about my application?
At the time of the interview, AHS will give students a time frame in which to expect a decision.

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Who pays the initial MDiv/CPE interview expenses?
Adventist Health System pays for expenses incurred to participate in the Phase I interview.

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Is housing provided?
Adventist Health System does not offer housing. When a position is offered, consult with the Registrar at Florida Hospital for resources in the area. Apartment and Real Estate guides and internet resources are a good place to start.

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Will I receive health insurance?
Students receive full employee benefits, including health insurance.

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Do I receive an educational stipend?
Yes. Full time students receive a stipend.

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Who will be my supervisor?
There are five active MDiv/CPE supervisors at Florida Hospital. Your supervisor may be any one of these.

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To what extent are chaplains integrated into the hospital?
Chaplains have been employed at Florida Hospital since the early 1900's. Chaplains are counted upon to be actively involved in the care of the patients, and spiritual care is integrated into the interdisciplinary treatment teams. See Florida Hospital Pastoral Care Web Site.

Chaplains participate in all sorts of leadership capacities at Florida Hospital, in addition to their function as pastor on their units and in the hospital community.

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What kinds of patients are at Florida Hospital?
Patients at Florida Hospital are from all over the southeast and the Caribbean. There is a wide diversity of socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious background represented in both the patients and the staff. With specialized medical services and Centers of Excellence, Florida Hospital is able to care for a variety of patients at many levels of acuity.

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How many people are typically in the MDiv/CPE program?
Most groups are 3-4 students. The group is made up of people from varying backgrounds, ethnicities, faith, traditions, and cultures.

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Why is CPE at an ACPE, Inc. Accredited Program important?
CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) is a method of theological education through practical training in pastoral care skills, concepts and ministry. ACPE, Inc. CPE is the professional standard for education of this type. ACPE and ACPE accredited centers and certified Supervisors have a history of quality education that is recognized by professional ministerial associations, judicatories, and accredited theological academic institutions.

  • ACPE accredits centers for conducting CPE by utilizing a process and a structure to evaluate the institutional issues related to where CPE will be held. This assures the student that the institution that provides for their clinical experience is financially stable, employs qualified supervisors, provides curriculum that has been reviewed by others, offers evaluations and sets standards for treatment and safety of students.
  • ACPE Standards for ongoing accreditation of a CPE Center are systematically reviewed to insure that there is consistency in practice for the center and its supervisors. ACPE is committed to quality and consumer protection; therefore as an association we have our Standards externally reviewed by the US Department of Education every five years and have their recognition as an indicator of our values. We require all accredited centers undergo both five and ten year reviews in order to maintain their individual accreditation status. These strict guidelines for accreditation and recognition by the US Department of Education make CPE at an ACPE accredited program acceptable for academic credit and for VA benefits.
  • ACPE has a process by which problems at an accredited center may be immediately addressed through a called review of accreditation in order to assure compliance and maintenance of Standards.
  • ACPE accredited centers also have a local process of accountability for dealing with issues of misconduct in order to insure the safety of students and the consistency of appropriate education. This accountability structure includes Professional Advisory Groups who are members of the center’s community and provide oversight and consultation on the program(s) offered.  
  • ACPE Supervisors are required to have completed M.Div. level equivalent studies, as a minimum, at an appropriately accredited graduate level academic institution before beginning their training as future CPE Supervisors.
  • ACPE Supervisors have completed a process of training that provides for multiple opportunities to have their work evaluated by other professionals in order for certification as a CPE Supervisor to be granted. This process follows standards for training that have been scrutinized and recognized as part of the ACPE accreditation process.
  • ACPE Supervisors are required to participate in regular review processes as well as continuing education in order to maintain their certification as a Supervisor.
  • ACPE CPE is guided by Standards as well as defined outcomes and objectives for student learning. These standards, along with certification and accreditation requirements are available for review by visiting the ACPE, Inc. website: www.acpe.edu

CPE at Florida Hospital Department of Pastoral Education is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, Georgia 30033. Phone: (404) 320-1472