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CPE Applicant information

CPE Applicant information

Admissions Criteria

Applicants will be admitted according to their ability to provide ministry and their readiness for learning.

How to Apply

Simply download the application here and/or print it, fill it out and submit by email or mail to:

Chaplain John E. Renfro, Dmin, BCCi, FHPC
Director of Pastoral Care & Clinical Pastoral Education
Conway Medical Center
P.O. Box 829
Conway, SC 29528-0829


Tuition is $400 per unit in full or four monthly payments of $100. Checks should be made payable to Conway Medical Center and memo: CPE Program. Some scholarships may be available for individuals with limited finical resources. Anyone wishing to apply for a scholarship must do so in writing. Scholarship requests should accompany application materials.

Completion of Training

Upon completion of each unit of 400 hours of supervised training, trainees receive certification of the successful completion of one unit of CPE. Records of completed units are kept at the CPE center where training was completed.

Institutions typically require four units of CPE for the position of Staff Chaplain or equivalent professional pastoral care position.

The Clinical Setting

Seminary settings typically provide an academic environment for the study of pastoral theology. In contrast, the CPE center provides the clinical basis for learning the practice of pastoral care. Conway Medical Center is South Carolina’s only hospital-based CPSP Training Center.

CMC is a nonprofit medical center with 210 inpatient beds. Employing over 1400, CMC is one of the county’s largest employers.


The Clinical Pastoral Education Program at CMC is provisionally accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) as an international, theologically based covenant community, offering accreditation and certification to individuals and programs that meet standards of expertise in pastoral counseling, pastoral supervision and psychotherapy.

CPSP confers Diplomate, Pastoral Counselor, Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain and Board-Certified Associate Clinical Chaplain credentials to individuals who demonstrate competence, meet its standards, aspire to its principles and commit to its discipline.


The Conway Medical Center Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all individuals in the Conway Medical Center service area.

Classes & Programs

Conway Medical Center hosts a variety of events monthly including blood drives, CMC auxiliary events, educational seminars, and more.  Our Community Outreach Programs offer medical care to individuals with no medical insurance and no family physician. 

Patient Portal

Our combined Patient Portal allows patients to electronically access their medical records for both their hospital and physician office encounters at their convenience on any computer, tablet or mobile device that has internet connectivity.