Educational Opportunities

Clinical Pastoral Education

1600 West 40th Avenue
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
(870) 541-7167
Contact: Rev. Ida Talley

The JRMC Clinical Pastoral Education program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). It is currently one of two accredited programs in the State of Arkansas for pastoral care and chaplaincy training.

“Clinical Pastoral Education is theological and professional education for ministry. In CPE, theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypeople minister to people in crisis situations while being supervised. Out of intense involvement with supervisors, other students, people in crisis, and other professionals, CPE students are challenged to improve the quality of their pastoral relationships. Through pastoral practice, written case studies and verbatim, individual supervision, seminar participation, and relevant reading, students are encouraged to develop genuine caring pastoral relationships. Through viewing complicated life situations from different viewpoints, students are able to gain new insights and understandings about the human situation. Theological reflection is important in CPE as pastoral people seek ways to integrate theology with life experience.” – ACPE

The CPE methodology is an action/reflection process of theological education grounded in a person-centered approach to spiritual ministry. JRMC’s CPE program includes summer chaplain interns and year-long chaplain residents. As a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, the student’s educational experience involves providing spiritual care to patients, families and staff and offers an opportunity for specialized training in several areas of healthcare ministry. Residency training meets requirement for eligibility for Board Certification by the Association for Professional Chaplains.

Training Opportunities:

  • Residency Program: 9 or 12-month full-time program, June – May, Master of Divinity or equivalent level theological education required. (Stipend).
  • Extended Program: A part-time extended program of training and continuing education, especially for community clergy and lay persons who wish to grow in ministry capability. (Fees).

Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing

1600 West 40th Avenue
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
(870) 541-7850
Director: Michelle Newton

Registrar: Lucy Mullikin, Registrar

The goal of the Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) School of Nursing is to prepare graduates who qualify to function as competent beginning practitioners of nursing in the hospital and other health care settings. The school offers an educational program designed to prepare qualified men and women of all ages to serve the nursing needs of the community and to contribute to the maintenance of high standards of health care delivery. The Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) School of Nursing offers a seventeen (17) month education program that leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. The program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, certified by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

Click here for the JRMC School of Nursing website.


UAMS South Central Family Residency Program

Formerly known as AHEC
4010 Mulberry Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Main Office: 870-541-7611
Main Fax: 870-541-7602

The UAMS South Central Family Medicine Residency program offers residents the opportunity to work directly with local specialists to provide in-patient medical care and specialty medical services. Formerly known as Area Health Education Center (AHEC), this program offers an outstanding three-year residency-training program for family physicians. Senior medical students from UAMS and out of state schools complete rotations of four to eight weeks with clinical faculty members in private practice serving as physicians/teachers. The JRMC Family Practice Center provides clerkships to introduce junior medical students to family practice through this learning experience. UAMS South Central Family Medicine Residency also provides many hours of continuing medical education for physicians and other healthcare professionals, and the Melville Library offers comprehensive library services to the area.

This is the only residency currently at JRMC. Family physicians supervise the Family Medical Center and inpatient service. Local specialists serve as consulting faculty and supervise specialty rotations. Residents learn to perform numerous outpatient procedures with a special emphasis on EGDs, colonoscopy and wound care. Specialty clinics at the FPC provide additional direct interaction between the resident, his/her own patient panel and the specialist.

Click here to see our UAMS South Central Family Practice Residents.

Click here for more information on UAMS Regional Programs.


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