University of Southern Indiana

Parish/Faith Community Nursing Certificate Program

Description of Program
The focus of the program is on development of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that are central to the faith community nurse role. The content is the basic parish nurse curriculum of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC).

Who Should Enroll in this Program
This is a 35 hour interactive Internet program that will support continued growth in the knowledge, attitudes and skills central to the parish nurse role. Participants will learn from experienced parish nurses, nursing faculty, and other content experts about the various functions of the parish nurse. The curriculum of this program is the standardized core curricula developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, in consultation with the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Credentialing Center.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Spirituality
  • Professionalism
  • Holistic Health
  • Community

Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully execute the role of the faith community nurse based on established guidelines and best practices.  At the close of the program, the participant will:

  • Identify strategies for integrating concepts of faith and health in the faith community nurse role

  • Demonstrate knowledge, attitude, and skills to practice as a beginning faith community nurse

  • Identify a network for continuing development and support

  • Identify ways to nurture personal spiritual development

Course Schedule
This four-week activity is offered twice a year.

Offering dates for 2015: March 23 (registration deadline March 9), September 14 (registration deadline August 31).

We reserve the right to cancel any offering due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified well in advance if this occurs.

Call toll free 1-877-USI-HLTH (1-877-874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or

Instruction Methods
A combination of delivery methods are used to facilitate learner and faculty communication including:

Provides on-line instructor-prepared materials and course assignments. Internet resources are used as an integral part of the instruction.

Computer Conferencing
Allows learners to interact with faculty and other course participants.

Electronic Mail
Allows learners to freely interact on an individual or group level with other learners and faculty.

Telephone Consultation
Faculty will be available by telephone to assist learners.

Julie St. Claire, RN, MSN

Delivery of Program Content
The program has four modules. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty who are expert in the area of parish nursing.

Why Enroll in an Interactive Internet Program?
The convenience of on-line instruction allows the participant to "attend" class at any hour or day of the week during the 6 week period. Participants will learn from experts in the area of parish nursing and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Internet instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with course faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.

Continuing Education Credits
A Continuing Education Certificate will be awarded following successful completion of learning activities, and submission of a course evaluation.

Nurses will receive 35 contact hours.

Ancc ProviderUniversity of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is an enduring program which is reviewed annually in December, or as guidelines and recomendations are released.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the 
California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.   California nurses are awareded 35 contact hours.


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