Information for Applicants

Admissions Criteria

Applicants will be admitted according to their ability to provide ministry and their readiness for learning. The application fee is $25. Please make checks payable to UAMS Medical Center. A personal interview in Little Rock is required. The training fee is $350 per unit for residents. Stipend for the one-year residency is approximately $30,300.   Summer and part-time extended programs are also available at $400 per credit unit.

How to Apply

To apply, click here to download and/or print the application. Fill it out, then mail it and the application fee of $25 to:

George Hankins-Hull
Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education
UAMS Medical Center
4301 W. Markham St. #561
Little Rock, AR 72205


Tuition is $350 per unit for residents and $400 per unit for the summer and part-time extended programs. Checks should be made payable to UAMS Medical Center. 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

The CPE center provides the clinical basis for learning for the study of pastoral care, in contrast to a seminary setting which typically provides an academic environment.  The UAMS Medical Center is the state’s only academic medical center and is responsible for training more than 80 percent of the physicians in Arkansas, as well as the majority of other medical professionals.

UAMS centers of excellence include the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

The UAMS Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center and comprises some 400 inpatient beds. The Medical Center treats 270,000 outpatients annually.

The news magazine, US News & World Report, has named the UAMS Medical Center as one of America’s Best Hospitals for nine consecutive years.


The Clinical Pastoral Education Program at UAMS Medical Center is 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.

In addition, The Clinical Pastoral Education Training program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) was granted full accreditation by the Commission for Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT). UAMS, under the leadership of CPSP Diplomate in Supervision George Hankins-Hull, is the first College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy program to receive CAPPT accreditation. CAPPT accreditation is an acknowledgment of the strength and quality of a training program.