Online: Faith Community Nursing Course

Faith Community Nurses assist the members of their faith community to maintain and/or regain wholeness in body, mind, and spirit.

The Role of a Faith Community Nurse

This certificate program is designed to prepare RN’s to serve effectively within their faith communities. Working collaboratively within a community of faith, the nurse may function in one or all of the following roles:

  • Health educator
  • Personal health counselor
  • Health advocate
  • Referral agent
  • Community liaison
  • Coordinator of volunteers
  • Integrator of faith & health
  • Developer of support groups


Explore the personal and professional dimensions of spirituality and the process of developing a parish nurse ministry within a community of faith. The curriculum follows the guidelines recommended by the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing

Program Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills to implement a health ministry in a faith community.
  • Integrate spirituality and theology into the health ministry/faith community nurse role.
  • Enhance the health of a congregation and community.
  • Expand the dimensions of a faith community nurse role.
  • Explain the legal and ethical issues of Congregational Ministries of Health.

Admission Requirements

For Continuing Education Units (contact hours):

  • Current, active RN license
  • Nursing experience


  • Educational materials provided online.

Details and Registration

  • This online certificate is approved for 45 contact hours.
    Dates:  August 27 - December 14, 2018
  • Cost: $400 includes 45 contact hours
  • Register now


Maureen Asper, MSN, RN
Adjunct Faculty


Refunds will be issued if requested in writing one month in advance of the start date (minus $25 processing fee).

For more information please contact

Enid Rosa

Undergraduate Program Assistant
Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster

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