On the campus of Baptist Hospital and Miami Cancer institute, a plethora of opportunities are afforded to residents to provide ministry to patients, family members and staff from religiously and culturally diverse populations, as well as give exposure to a variety of medical specialties.

With four residents per year, this Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency Program offers an individualized approach to the “action, reflection” model of learning. The small peer group sessions and individual supervisory sessions with the Certified Educator allow for trust to be built and authentic sharing to occur so students get the most from their learning experience.

Desired learning goals for each resident are integrated into the curriculum.Given South Florida’s diverse population, the curriculum also strives to expose students to major world religions and a variety of cultures and help them understand “interfaith chaplaincy.” Residents will also strengthen their listening and interpersonal skills, their capacity to sit with others in emotional, physical, and spiritual pain, convey a non-anxious presence and learn more about grief and loss.They will also develop their leadership and team-building skills through collaboration on inter-professional teams and community engagement.

Our educators and board certified staff chaplains also assist our chaplain residents with navigating through the board certification process for professional chaplains. Baptist Health South Florida provides a personalized patient and family-centered environment and has consistently received high patient satisfaction scores.It is known in the community for its commitment to caring and for its charitable services.

Our vision is to offer a spiritual care residency program in South Florida of the highest caliber and to be known for providing quality education, learning experiences and care and support to the students who participate, while serving the community at large and honoring the Baptist Health South Florida mission.

The Baptist Health South Florida CPE program offers Level I and Level II training. We are provisionally accredited with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and currently operate as a satellite of Advent Health Orlando CPE System Center.

To learn more about accreditation, contact:

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Suite 835
Atlanta, GA 30308

Program Accreditation

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) | ID: 1588-SCLS

Program Size


Rev. Misti Johnson-Arce, MDiv, BCC
Director, CPE Rev. Misti Johnson-Arce, MDiv, BCC Biography MistiJ@BaptistHealth.net
Lauren Mason
Program Assistant Lauren Mason
People Preceptors
Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

The flagship facility of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami has been one of the most respected medical centers in South Florida since its founding in 1960 and is today one of America’s most preferred medical centers. With more than 700 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 11 hospitals. Three Centers of Excellence are housed on the campus: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region) and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. It is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received the Gold Seal of Approval for consistently meeting high national standards of stroke care.

Miami Cancer Institute

Miami Cancer Institute

The Miami Cancer Institute, located on the campus of Baptist Hospital, is a destination cancer center known for its innovation and precision in cancer care, exceptional patient experience, advanced clinical research and state-of-the-art technology. The impressive roster of clinicians at Miami Cancer Institute includes renowned oncologists; world-recognized, highly sub-specialized cancer experts and surgeons; clinical researchers and genomic scientists. The Center’s advanced radiation oncology program includes the first proton therapy center from South Florida to South America. As Florida's only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a deep and functional collaboration that affords patients access to innovative treatments close to home and ensures that the standards of care developed by the multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Applicants are required to show evidence of having completed at least one unit of ACPE accredited CPE training.
  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English (bilingual Spanish fluency is preferred but not required).
  • Must have a comfort level with using technology (i.e., computers, electronic documentation, teleconferencing).
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a Social Security number.
  • Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials, favorable references and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must provide a completed ACPE application with accompanying materials and documentation.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of either graduation from high school/ completion of a GED or ordination by a faith community or commission to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE.
  • Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree to apply for residency, but a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Show evidence of ordination, commissioning or endorsement from a faith community or appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE.
  • ACPE requires students to give written permission for the use of their clinical materials for ACPE Accreditation and research purposes. Clinical materials can be used as data for an Educator’s peer review, a center’s portfolio for Accreditation reviews or for ACPE approved research studies without further notification to the student. All personal information in written documents will be redacted.
  • All applicants must submit copies of certificates of completion from previous training units completed along with previous self-evaluations and the evaluations written by the primary ACPE Certified Educators with whom they have worked.
  • Persons pursuing Level II training are to include previous CPE evaluations written by the ACPE Certified Educator demonstrating that Level I outcomes have been met, as well as any process notes or reports composed by a consultation committee regarding readiness for advancement.
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? Download from “CPE applications” at www.acpe.edu then send completed forms to CPEprogram@BaptistHealth.net.
  • When are applications accepted? April 1st
  • When are candidate interviews? April through May 
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? May - June 
  • When does the program start? August


Block Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several block rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a wide variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Emergency Department and Observation
Cardiology and Pulmonology
Intensive Care
Women's services
Mother-Baby and Pediatrics

Longitudinal Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Palliative Care
End of Life Care

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