Training is offered to those of any faith tradition who want to develop
Health Ministries through their communities of faith.

Please see our <Frequently Asked Questions> page for answers about course content and definitions of a Faith Community Nurse, a Health Minister and a Community Health Advocate.

The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the specialty of Faith Community Nursing within Oregon.
Course offerings are designed for RNs who desire to become Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) or Faith Community Nurse Coordinators or for laypersons desiring to be trained as Health Ministers (HMs).
Apply for our  <Racial and Ethnic Diversity Scholarship Fund>

2018 Courses

Please note: Classes noted 'Hybrid' require both in-person class days as well as an online component.
Classes noted 'In Person only' do not have an online component.

Seattle, WA: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing

Hybrid – in person and online
Dates: Oct 11th and 12th, 2018 in person
Oct 20th through Dec 15th, 2018
January 6th, 2019

Location: TBD

Lebanon, OR: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
Whole Person Health Care

In person only
Dates: Mondays & Tuesdays – October 8, 9, 22, 23
November 5 and 6

Location: Trinity Baptist Church
72 E. Elmore St.
Lebanon, OR 97355

Books required: (Can be purchased in class)
1) Hickman, J. (2011).Fast Facts for the Faith Community Nurse: Implementing FCN/Parish Nursing in a Nutshell.
Also available online. Search Google Books.
2) American Nurses Association (2017) Scope and standards of practice. Faith community nursing (3nd ed.).Silver Springs, MD: American Nurses Association.

Registration Deadline: September 24th, 2018
Early Registration Appreciated
Registration fee non-refundable after October 1st, 2018

Click here to Register

Please submit a personal letter with your registration describing why taking this course is important to you. A letter of support from your pastor, institution or congregational sponsor is also recommended.
Submit to: Deb Fell Carlson at

Click Here for Course Brochure

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Bellingham, WA: Health Ministries Network

Health Minister Preparation Course
Hybrid – In person and online

Dates – In Person: March 2nd and 3rd, and April 29th
Online: March 4th through April 27th

Location: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Contact to register:
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2018
Foundations – Health Minister Prep Course Brochure – Bellingham,WA

Tacoma, WA: Pacific Lutheran University

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
20 Contact Hours

Dates – In Person: April 19th and 20th, and June 29th
Online: April 30th through June 23rd

Location: Center for Continued Nursing Learning

Register here on Pacific Lutheran University’s Website
Registration Deadline: March 29, 2018

Foundations Course Brochure – Tacoma, WA

Recent 2017 Courses

Please note: Classes noted 'Hybrid' require both in-person class days as well as an online component.
Classes noted ``In Person only`` do not have an online component.
Also note: to date in 2017, there is one Coordinator class scheduled.
It offers the second level of specialty FCN coursework for the FCN who desires advanced training in Faith Community Nursing. This is an in-person only course.

Hillsboro, OR: Tuality Healthcare

In Person Only: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
In Person: July 13-15 & July 27-29, 2017
 For more information:
 Contact: Sandy Madsen
Phone: 503-681- 1364

Vancouver, WA: Peace Health Southwest Medical Center

Hybrid Class: September 17, 18 and December 3 (face to face)
8 weeks online between September 25 and November 20
For more information:
Contact: Carol Reitz
Phone: 701-361-1704

 Salem, OR: Salem Hospital and Redeemer Lutheran

Hybrid Class: September 21, 22 and December 1
8 weeks online between September 25 and November 20
For more information:
Contact: Jonet Schutz
Phone: (503) 508-1016

Student Testimonials

I really enjoyed the discussion boards in the online portion of the Foundations in Faith Community Nursing class. It was wonderful to ``talk`` with classmates and read other's point of view….Learning more in depth about spirituality was a highlight for me. I loved all of the readings. I learned so much from this class.
Faith Community Nurse
I highly recommend this gem of a class (Foundations) The coursework is vigorous, but the information obtained is invaluable to individuals planning to serve their faith community as a Faith Community Nurse. I am not a nurse but found the information pertinent as well to our church's health ministry.``
Health Minister
Well organized and the instructors were wonderful, caring, supportive, attentive and experienced professionals. They will always be there for you.
Health Minister
I would highly recommend ALL nurses to take the online FCN course. In fact, Faith Based universities offering the BSN programme should incorporate it into their degree, highlighting it as a Certified Practice Specialty.
Faith Community Nurse