1. What are the requirements in order to be accepted to participate in a CSNA course, or to go through the entire CSNA program?
Please see “Eligibility for Admission” section. Having “a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice” (see Church Manual, Art. VIII, Sect. 31) is a prerequisite for taking Christian Science Nursing Arts training. Individuals who feel led to submit an application either for employment or for training in the Christian Science Nursing Arts ministry must be members of The Mother Church and also have taken Primary class instruction in Christian Science. Some exceptions are made regarding the timing on taking Primary class instruction when applying for the CSNA I class.
2. How long does it take to complete the four courses included in the Christian Science Nursing Arts (CSNA) training program?
Generally speaking, it takes two years to complete the courses (CSNA I – IV) that are included in the Christian Science Nursing Arts Training Program. The pace in which one completes the CSNA training is individual according to each one’s demonstrated practice in the art of Christian Science nursing and readiness for the respective CSNA course.
3. Once I complete the CSNA program, does that mean that I will automatically be listed as a Christian Science nurse in The Christian Science Journal?
The CSNA Training Program is designed to support members of The Mother Church as they prepare to represent themselves as a Christian Science nurse in accord with the requirements of the Church Manual By-law, “Christian Science Nurse.” Individuals who have completed the CSNA program and feel they are ready to represent themselves as a Christian Science nurse would need to apply through The First Church of Christ, Scientist (The Mother Church), in order to be considered for listing as a Christian Science nurse in The Christian Science Journal. Specific requirements to apply for Journal-listing can be found here.
4. Is it possible for an individual to just take a CSNA training course at the BA, and then work at a Christian Science nursing facility in their own geographical area?
Yes. Individuals are welcome to apply for a CSNA class-only at the BA. Confirmation of an avenue of practice in this ministry accompanied by mentoring support after the class is required before final acceptance into a class.
5. In each CSNA course, what is the difference between the “classroom” portion and the “mentored instruction” portion?
Each CSNA course is comprised of a classroom portion, which is taught at the BA, and a mentored instruction portion following each class, in which there is side-by-side mentoring provided in the ministry of Christian Science nursing.
6. Where do those who are employed at another Christian Science nursing facility stay during the weeks they are at the BA for classes in the CSNA?
The BA has rooms in the Rest and Study area of the facility which are designated for use by individuals enrolled in each CSNA course.
7. Are there any CSNA courses offered for Journal-listed Christian Science nurses? When are they taught?
The BA periodically offers CSNA courses and workshops designed for Journal-listed Christian Science nurses. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Can I take a course in Christian Science nursing at the BA during college vacation breaks?
The BA’s Christian Science Nurses Training School will consider CSNA I applications from college-level students who have an interest in Christian Science nursing and who have legal authorization to work in the United States. In order for a college student’s CSNA I application to be considered, the individual must be a member of The Mother Church and give evidence of having “a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice” (see Church Manual, Art. VIII, Sect. 31). Please see “Eligibility for Admission” section.