For Parish Nurses

Continuing Education

Spiritual Care Association
Opportunities for continuing education for nurses and others who work in health ministry.  Our "Leadership & Coordination" series of courses are excellent online courses for FCNs, but also anyone can take them, especially people who do faith-based community work, missions work, or church ministries.

We have partnered with the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) to bring these educational courses.
See the link below to the information on SCA website:

Chaplaincy Certification
The Westberg Institute has partnered with the Spiritual Care Association to provide on line training for Faith Community Nurses.  Here is the link with further information and registration instructions:

Faith Community Nurse Preparation Courses

 Educational programs for Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses range from basic preparation courses, the Westberg Foundations of Faith Courses, to Graduate Certificates from Universities and Seminaries.  This is not a complete listing, but it gives an idea of what is available.  The Church Health Center website has a more complete listing and programs can be found by location.  That link can be found below.  We start with a general introduction to the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course and then list more specific educational opportunities.

General Information

Who Should Take the Faith Community Nurse Training?
This training is offered to those of any faith tradition who want to develop a Faith Community Nursing or Health Ministry within their communities of faith.

What is a Faith Community Nurse (FCN)?
A FCN is a registered nurse with an active license in the state he/she has or has had a practice, who has taken a Faith Community Nurse preparation course to promote and practice faith community nursing or health ministry. Whereas most health disciplines are trained in traditional aspects of medical care, FCNs are trained to nurture the whole person — body, mind and spirit. FCNs work in partnership with pastors, churches, hospitals, social service agencies, and the community. FCNs focus on prevention, wholeness, and wellness. In many communities of faith, the FCN often is the health ministry team leader.

What is a Health Minister?
A Health Minister is a person in the congregation (other than a licensed RN) who has taken a Faith Community Nurse preparation course. His/her individual skills and gifts are added to the Health Ministry Team and are often guided by a FCN or Health Ministry team leader. The Health Minister’s skills are assessed and used where most appropriate and helpful. Ministers are encouraged to go through the FCN course to better understand and direct the Health Ministry Team.

What is included in the FCN training?
There are 15 modules developed by the Westberg Institute which are included in the Foundations course. Faculty trained by the Westberg Institute are responsible for the trainings offered.  Other options exist for FCN preparation as well.  

Please check in News from the Regions for programs and information about location and dates in that Region.

Online 2021 Foundations Course

January 14 - March 25, 2021

Click here for the brochure

This course is for Registered Nurses in supportive congregations, communities and work sites who are called to learn and enhance the spiritual and holistic practice of nursing.

Also check the Church Health Center Web site for listings by state, date, on-line, and international courses.

Updated 2/21