Online Faith Community Nursing

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 International Parish Nurse Resource Center

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


  • Westberg, G. McNamara & Westberg, J. (1990). The Parish Nurse. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress.
  • Patterson, D.L. (2003) The Essential Parish Nurse. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press
  • Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, Faith Community Nursing) Paperback – February 15, 2012


  • This online certificate is approved for 45 contact hours.
  • Class Full for Spring of 2015. Check back later for additional dates and information.
  • Cost: $400 includes 45 contact hours


Tammy Kiser, RN, MSN
Assistant Professor, Online course instructor
Harrisonburg, VA


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

Lisa Sauder, Administrative Assistant, RN to BS in Nursing Program – EMU Lancaster
(717) 397-5190