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Founded in 1842, Villanova is the only Augustinian Catholic university in the nation. Villanova University values a personalized experience where teachers and students are partners in learning and scholarly inquiry. Villanovans are intellectually inspired, morally grounded, globally minded. Villanova attracts and forges world changers—people who ignite positive change everywhere life takes them.

Mission Statement

Villanova University is a Catholic Augustinian community of higher education, committed to excellence and distinction in the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge. Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, the University is grounded in the wisdom of the Catholic intellectual tradition and advances a deeper understanding of the relationship between faith and reason. Villanova emphasizes and celebrates the liberal arts and sciences as foundational to all academic programs. The University community welcomes and respects members of all faiths who seek to nurture a concern for the common good and who share an enthusiasm for the challenge of responsible and productive citizenship in order to build a just and peaceful world.

Why Get Certified?

Certification through the NACC raises your level of professionalism in chaplaincy through increased accountability and proficiency. The certification process will deepen your pastoral ministry skills and better equip you to:

  • Assess an individual’s spiritual needs and tailor interventions accordingly.
  • Minister to people of diverse cultural and faith traditions.
  • Support people facing trauma, grief, addiction, dementia, and more.

Certification provides a professional credential for employment in health care facilities, correctional institutions, social agencies, parishes, and other fields of service. The NACC offers you a community of fellow chaplains who will support you in your work and who will journey with you to grow your chaplaincy skills.


NACC Chaplaincy program


Qualifying Programs for NACC Certification

The following programs satisfy the academic prerequisites for initial certification.

Board Certified Chaplain (BCC, BCC-VA)

Certified Associate Chaplain (CAC)

The NACC and Villanova have partnered to form students for chaplaincy. Any Catholic who has earned their Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (CPE option) at Villanova University and has completed 500 hours of ministry can apply immediately to become a Certified Associate Chaplain (CAC) through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Visit nacc.org/get-certified for more information on prerequisites and the CAC application process.

Other programs that can serve as prerequisites for CAC include:


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