Learning to Care for the Spirit

Combining ACPE accredited spiritual education with the premier medical care of North Memorial Health.

Learn the sacred practice of ministry and reflection with a supervisor and peers. Clinical Pastoral Education, or CPE, includes in-depth study of “living human documents,” meaning both the people who are receiving care and the self. Students meet as a group to review case studies, discuss issues of practical theology, critique each other’s pastoral work, and participate in didactic seminars. Students also receive individual consultation with an ACPE Certified Educator. Accredited by ACPE, we are devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers in a multicultural, multi-faith setting.

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North Memorial Health Advantage

Our program offers a respectful, safe, small-group environment that focuses on action-reflection learning.

We foster your professional development through:

  • Personal goal-setting and ongoing reflection
  • Theological and spiritual reflection
  • Facilitated peer discussion
  • Collaboration with hospital staff and customers
  • Mentorships with chaplains
  • Consultation with ACPE Certified Educator
  • Evaluation process

North Memorial Health’s wide range of clinical settings offers incredible opportunities for practicing ministry, including:

  • Cancer care
  • Emergency Care
  • Heart and Vascular
  • ICU
  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Medical and Surgical units
  • Neonatal ICU (NICU)
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care

Learn More

headshot of womanRev. Tania Hammer-Luken | Chaplain and CPE Lead

Rev. Tania Hammer-Luken in a certified educator with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. She is ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, Health & Religion from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Tania completed Clinical Pastoral Education at  Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN and Fairview Southdale Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.

Tania has served as ACPE Certified Educator at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND; HealthEast Care System, St. Paul, MN; and Veterans Administration Medical Centers (Minneapolis, MN & St. Louis, MO). She has also served as a hospice chaplain and in parish ministry in two large suburban churches in the Twin Cities area.

Applying to the Program

It’s free and simple to get started with us. Download the standard application form and email the completed document to the CPE lead, Rev. Tania Hammer-Luken.


$750 (deposit due upon admission, balance due on the first day of the CPE unit)

Student Rights
North Memorial Health does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, faith group, or national origin.

North Memorial Health CPE Program guarantees to its students the right to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specify control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.

North Memorial Health is an accredited center to offer programs of Clinical Pastoral Education by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. (ACPE). ACPE is the premier, DOE-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
One West Court Square, Ste. 325
Decatur, GA 30030

Contact Information
North Memorial CPE Program

North Memorial Pastoral Care

CPE Lead
Rev. Tania Hammer-Luken