SCA Membership is a vital resource for health care professionals, clergy and organizations


SCA Learning Center with evidence-based curriculum


SCA Advanced Practice Board Certification, Board Certification, and Credentialing for Chaplains

Making Spiritual Care a Priority

The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care.


NEW! Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC) – SCA Leads the Chaplaincy Profession with the only Certification Standards Backed by Knowledge Testing and Competency Examination    


HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Clinical Pastoral Education Program    


White Paper entitled Spiritual Care and Physicians: Understanding Spirituality in Medical Practice       


Important Facts About the Spiritual Care Association    


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Membership Is Open to:

All individuals and organizations committed to the delivery of optimal spiritual care, as a vital component of whole person care and the overall patient experience. We offer three categories of membership:

Health Care Professionals, including but not limited to

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Patient Advocates
  • Administrators
  • Volunteers

Community Clergy and Religious Leaders

Organizations and Institutions

What SCA Offers Members

Engages and offers education to multiple interest groups so more people in need receive effective spiritual care
Opens access to new evidence-based knowledge base: Online Learning Center
Provides valuable resources to contribute significantly to career development
Creates a powerful voice for spiritual care
Offers new paths for chaplaincy credentialing and board certification


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Chaplaincy Management Training Program

4-month program for current or aspiring directors of chaplaincy departments
Gain the knowledge and experiential tools to lead successful chaplaincy departments
Next cohort begins January 2019. Registration now open.
Successful candidates will receive the Chaplaincy Management Certificate


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Earn a Certificate as a Generalist in Spiritual Care

The Spiritual Care Generalist Certificate is for professionals interested in becoming generalists in the area of spiritual care. If you are looking to become a specialist, please visit our certification section to learn more.


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On January 4, 2018, HCCN announced its partnership with the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT) which is actively pursuing national accreditation with a U.S. Department of Education Recognized institutional accrediting agency. To learn more about ICPT's Clinical Pastoral Education program, click below.

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Spiritual Care Resources

Social Workers




Gain a Powerful Voice for Advocacy

SCA is leading the grassroots, national and global, multidisciplinary advocacy effort that:

Is uniting the voices of individual and organizational members to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care so that more people receive the help they need
Empowers chaplains
Gives chaplains a seat “at the table” when major decisions are being made about policy and reimbursement for inpatient, outpatient and home care
Thanks chaplains and other involved members of the interdisciplinary health care team for their extraordinary work by creating and publicizing the new annual Spiritual Care Day
(May 10)
Sign Petition: Tell Congress That 'Spiritual Care Matters'


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Chaplain Credentialing and Certification

Credentialed Chaplain: Anyone currently working as a chaplain but is not board certified and meets SCA’s requirements merits the title of Credentialed Chaplain (CC)
Board Certified Chaplain: SCA offers two paths to Board Certification
Advanced Board Certified Chaplain: The APBCC represents a significantly higher bar than any other BCC process


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