Online Learning Center

Welcome to the SCA Learning Center

The Spiritual Care Association Learning Center is the only organization dedicated to educating professionals from all disciplines in the importance and provision of spiritual care within one’s scope of practice, including:

  • Chaplains
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • First Responders
  • Palliative Care and Hospice professionals
  • Other allied professionals
  • Community leaders and organizations


The SCA Learning Center is part of the Spiritual Care Association (SCA), the leading multidisciplinary, international organization in educating, certifying, credentialing, and advocating for the integration of spiritual care in all realms of care so that more people in need, regardless of religion, beliefs or cultural identification, receive effective spiritual care in all types of institutional and community settings in the U.S. and internationally.

Spirituality is a dynamic and intrinsic aspect of humanity through which persons seek ultimate meaning, purpose and transcendence, and experience relationship to self, family, others, community, society, nature, and the significant or sacred. Spirituality is expressed through beliefs, values, traditions and practices.

Spiritual distress can be defined as the impaired ability to experience and integrate meaning and purpose in life through connectedness with self, others, art, music, literature, nature, and/or a power greater than oneself.

Spiritual care concerns the total person and recognizes the interdependence and connectedness of mind, body, and spirit. It provides a dynamic resource for healing and wholeness by paying attention and responding to the unique needs, goals, and resources of each care recipient. Source:

Spiritual Care: What it Means, Why it Matters in Health Care. HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. 2018.


What You Will Find in the SCA Learning Center:

The curriculum and courses of the SCA Learning Center are based on standardized, evidence-based scope of practice and evidence-based quality indicators developed by interdisciplinary panels of experts from the fields of chaplaincy, medicine, nursing, psychotherapy, palliative care, social work, research and policy in the U.S. and overseas.

Our courses include both self-directed instructor-led opportunities.

The Spiritual Care Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education nursing CEUs by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (ANCC).



Social Workers

First Responders

Palliative Care and Hospice Professionals

Other Allied Professionals

Community Leaders and Organizations


Even though all health care professionals should provide some spiritual care, most are not trained to do so in-depth. While patients do not typically expect to receive in-depth, specialized spiritual care from their physicians or nurses, they do express a strong preference for some basic spiritual care, including listening, communicating and expressing compassion. Studies consistently demonstrate that a high percentage of patients wish their health care providers would ask about or discuss spirituality and/or religion.

Source: Spiritual Care: What it Means, Why it Matters in Health Care. HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. 201,


  Important Information About the SCA Learning Center

  • The Online Learning Center uses a state-of-the-art learning management system.
  • Each course was written by a subject matter expert.
  • Courses are self-directed unless noted as instructor-facilitated.
  • You can take each course at your own pace.
  • Earn a certificate of completion and continuing education hours for each course completed.
  • The price for Self-Guided Courses is $145 for SCA members and $345 for non-members.





  • Payment in full is due upon purchase. No refunds will be issued with the exception of serious illness of the participant with a physician letter, or a death in the participant’s immediate family.




  • Course participants receive access to the purchased course(s) within two business days. There is NO instant access to the courses.
  • You will also receive in the mail printed material/study guides for each course, which will be shipped two business days from purchase of the course online. You will also receive in the mail one complimentary laminated SCA Online Learning Center Binder (one per person – not per course.)




  • You will have full access to the course(s) purchased for a total duration of six months. No further access to the material/course will be available after 6 months. The course automatically closes at that point.




  • There will be one test at the end of each course. Participants will receive a Pass/Fail notification after completing the test. Participants have a total of three attempts to pass the test.
  • After the third failed attempt, the participant will receive a “Fail” status on the particular course. If you wish to take the course again, you must re-purchase the course again.
  • There are no reduced fees for re-taking a course.

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