Foundations Course

The Health Ministries Network (HMN) Foundations Course prepares state licensed RNs for faith community nurse (FCN) ministry and other caring individuals for health minister (HM) service in their respective congregation or faith community. The next course will be offered in the spring of 2020.

The Foundations Course has 18 modules (providing 44 contact hours) designed to help participants care for the whole person by integrating mind, body and spirit wellness, with an emphasis on elements of spirituality in caring for the health needs of congregations and communities. The course is open to people of all faiths and religions.



This faith community nursing and health ministry foundations course embraces four study areas:

 I: Spirituality: Central to faith community nursing health ministry process


II: Professionalism: Historic roots of professional nursing, emphasizing health and healing


III: Holistic Health: A dynamic process that includes spiritual, psychological, physical and social dimensions of each person


IV: Community: Forging a partnership with both a faith or spiritual community and with the larger community

Course Affiliation

This course fulfills the educational requirement for board certification in faith community nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). RN participants receive 44 contact hours toward their continuing education units.

This Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course is based on the curriculum developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, and is owned by Church health Center of Memphis, Inc., 1210 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104. 

All graduates receive a symbolic health and healing lapel pin, joining the Westberg Institute international consortium of parish nurses, faith community nurses and health ministers.

Graduates also receive benefits from our coordinated services agreement with PeaceHealth.


$350 per person for in-person and online contact hours that includes course materials, a catered celebration dinner, dedication ceremony and family/friends reception. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with each completed application.


Group rates: $325 ea for two persons; $300 ea. for three persons.

Diversity Scholarship

HMN offering two scholarships for diversity. The Diversity Scholarship promotes racial, ethnic, and religious diversity within HMN. This scholarship is open to residents of Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Islands Counties.


A full course scholarship is valued at $350. Please consider asking your congregation to support your costs before applying for a scholarship. When applying, please return the following with your other application materials:

        2020 Diversity Scholarship Application


First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225




Please contact Carol Nicolay for information about the 2020 foundations course application.


Carol Nicolay    

Call or Text: 360-510-9797

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Bellingham, WA 98225


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Health Ministries Network (HMN) is a non-profit in Bellingham, WA affiliated with the Chuckanut Health Foundation.