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Avera Health
212 E. 11th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

The Rev. Steve Corum, Director
Phone: 605-322-4712
Fax: 605-322-4834

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a practical professional education program for ministry. It includes seminars with a peer group and supervisor, practical experience in an appropriate setting, individual tutorials with a supervisor and the opportunity to reflect on ministry as it is performed.

CPE students gain practical experience in Avera hospitals and long-term care facilities, parishes and at other sites. Programs are offered regularly in Aberdeen, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Yankton, SD; Marshall, MN; and other locations as needed.

Avera offers entry-level, specialized and supervisory CPE programs. Full-time units last 11 weeks and part-time units last four months. Programs are designed for a variety of church workers, seminary students and clergy and health professionals.

Program Schedule

Program Schedule

A unit of CPE involves 100 hours of structured learning with at least 300 hours in a ministry placement. To accomplish a certifiable unit of CPE, Avera Health CPE System Center offers two approaches.


  • Fall schedule begins after Labor Day and ends before Christmas
  • Winter schedule begins after January 1 and ends mid-May.
  • Summer schedule begins after Memorial Day and ends mid-August.

Call Steve Corum at 605-322-4712 or email to discuss your interest in future CPE.

Our Faculty

About Our Faculty

The Rev. Steven P. Corum, D.Min., Director for Clinical Pastoral Education, Avera Health. Steve holds degrees from the University of California, Sioux Falls Seminary and Texas Christian University. He is an ACPE Certified Educator, a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and Wing Chaplain (retired) with the South Dakota Air National Guard. Steve, his wife, Jill, and two of their four children live in Sioux Falls.

Annual Notice

Annual Notice


Because ACPE is recognized as a higher education entity by the US Department of Education, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to all ACPE CPE programs. FERPA addresses the privacy of student information and must be published annually prior to program start and also appear in the student and center handbook. If on reviewing the Annual Notice further clarification is required contact one of the ACPE supervisors.


Prior to entering CPE after acceptance into the program all students are sent "the Annual Notice”. It promotes the following:

I. This ACPE CPE center/program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.

II. A student has the right to object to record content. Normally a student record comprises a face sheet, the student and the supervisor's evaluation. A list of students' contact information is posted in the hospital during training. The same list is distributed among students. For further information on Student Records see Section E6. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right.

III. Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, One West Court Square, Suite 325,  Decatur, GA, 30033.

Additional Information

Additional Information

  • Avera Clinical Pastoral Education program application
  • Avera Health ACPE – We are accredited to conduct programs of Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur GA 30033, 404-320-1472. The ACPE accredits the Avera Clinical Pastoral Education programs and certifies our supervisors.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education Student Handbook
Kristi Gullickson

Hear From One of Our Program Participants

Kristi Gullickson, Chaplain, Avera McKennan, Diaconal Minister, ELCA

“I completed my fourth CPE unit with Avera in 2004. This was a deeply satisfying experience for me both personally and professionally and remains today as one of the most challenging and empowering opportunities I have ever had.

“Under the skilled and sensitive guidance of my Avera Clinical Pastoral Education supervisors, I was able to discern and affirm my call to hospital chaplaincy, clarify my pastoral theology and develop and refine my skills as a chaplain. I also was enriched by my fellow students, as this program attracts gifted individuals of many denominational and cultural backgrounds.

“I highly recommend the Avera Clinical Pastoral Education program.”

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