Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course

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FCNN offers the Church Health Center certified course in a 36.5 contact hour format taught by professional nursing faculty who are both educators and experienced faith community nurses representing an array of faith traditions. The Course is a pre-requisite for RNs who want to enter faith community nursing practice.

For more information or questions about the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course, please contact the FCNN office, or 651-204-0904.

Upcoming Courses

Spring 2021

We are in the process of planning our spring 2021 course.  Please check back for details.


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Course Description

The course utilizes the newly revised Church Health Center 2019 curriculum. The curriculum emphasizes the spiritual dimension, professionalism, wholistic health and community as its central conceptual model for Faith Community Nursing.

The Spiritual Dimension is the central core of Faith Community Nursing practice, wherein each Faith Community Nurse is encouraged to live out her/his beliefs and faith with self, others, and God/Higher Power. This unit includes modules on History and Philosophy, Prayer, Self Care and Healing and Wholeness.

The unit on Professionalism includes parameters within which the Faith Community Nurse practices, including the Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, and state/country practice acts. Modules deal with Communication, Documentation, and Beginning your Ministry.

The Wholistic Health unit espouses the belief that the Faith Community Nurse promotes Shalom as a foundation for wholism, health and healing. Health promotion introduces the concepts of education, prevention, and teaching/learning principles across the life span. Other life issues such as suffering, grief and loss, and family violence are included.

The unit on Community asserts that community is a group with common interests, including the faith community, professional nursing community, geographic community, global community, demographic community, or other communities. Issues of diversity are considered within this model.

Prospective Students

The Course is designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses; only RNs will receive Continuing Education Units. Chaplains, health ministers, faith community nursing coordinators and other related professionals may also enroll in the class but will not receive certification as a faith community nurse.


The cost of the online course is $400. This fee includes contact hours, materials and certificate. A deposit of at least $200 is due at registration with the balance due by the first day of the course. The full $400 can be paid at registration.

Refund policy: Cost will be refunded, except for $200 deposit, if request is received no later than 2 weeks before start of course.


FCNN is committed to increasing the number of faith community nurses practicing in the metro area. FCNN will award a limited number of $150 scholarships to Registered Nurses who live in the 11-county Twin Cities area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, or Wright County).

For consideration, the nurse must submit their registration and at least a $200 deposit along with a letter of support from her congregation’s leadership (i.e. pastor, rabbi, church council) documenting (1) the congregation’s intent to initiate a faith community nursing program and their support of this nurse’s candidacy and (2) a statement of financial need. The nurse will be notified if a scholarship will be awarded within 2 weeks of receipt of all required materials.

Please contact the FCNN office about other scholarship opportunities.


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This Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, which curriculum is owned by Church Health Center of Memphis, Inc., 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 142, Memphis, TN 38104.

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