The West Virginia University School of Nursing offers a Faith Community Nursing course for those individuals interested in helping to address the unique needs of faith-based organizations. The professional practice of faith community nursing focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.

The program is a nationally recognized faith community nursing course which is the first step in the nurse’s ability to apply for national certification in faith community nursing through American Nursing Credentialing Center. Registered Nurses (RNs) can complete the course to gain national recognition as a trained faith community nurse.

The course also is open to individuals who work as chaplains, pastors, social workers and others. However, only RNs who complete the course can use the title Faith Community Nurse.

School of Nursing faculty members Angel Smothers, DNP, APRN-BC, and Lois Harder, PhD, RN, will oversee and facilitate the courses.

Application for 32 contact hours has been made to the West Virginia University School of Nursing, Charleston Division. WVUSON-Charleston Division is an approved provider of continuing education for Registered Professional Nurses by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WVBRN registration number: WV1997-0187RN).

About the Course

The course is offered online and provides students to attend a face-to-face educational session (optional) with School of Nursing faculty in Morgantown. The faith community nursing program is offered in four units of study with 28 total learning modules, including

  • Spirituality
  • Professionalism
  • Holistic health
  • Community

Students can complete the program in as little as two months.


The cost for the certificate course is $400. WVU School of Nursing faculty and School of Nursing preceptors receive a 50% discount ($200).


To register for the course, please complete the appropriate registration form and make your payment using the WVU Continuing & Professional Education website.

  1. Go to
  2. Either select the search button to go to the class directly by typing the name or partial keywords, or click on Courses & Registration orange button then Health & Wellness under Career & Professional.
  3. Add the course to your cart and complete payment.

For more information about the course, please contact Angel Smothers, 304-293-6599.