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Cultural Competence in Health Care

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe cultural characteristics of major cultural groups in the United States; explore the relationship between language, culture, and health care; identify health beliefs and health care systems; describe cultural competence; and identify specific culturally competent practices.
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The culturally diverse health care populations in the United States provide health care professionals with tremendous opportunities to bridge cultural gaps, incorporate new treatments and disease prevention strategies into their practices, and learn about different cultural values and cultural belief systems.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe specific characteristics about the composition, cultural aspects, and unique health care issues concerning African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaskan Natives.
  • Explain the meaning of language and culture.
  • Explain the relationship between culture and health care
  • Identify major health belief systems.
  • Identify major health care systems.
  • Define cultural competence and explain why it is important in the delivery of health care.
  • Identify The Joint Commission's cultural, religious, and spiritual guidelines for assessment and treatment of patients.
  • List guidelines for achieving cultural competence.

Individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds create a rainbow of colors and cultures that impact health care. The advancement of technology, travel, and communication systems has allowed increased contact between people of many different cultures. The United States is a unique nation, created from a blending of many native and non-native peoples. Never before has there been such a wide mix of ethnicity, race, culture, and nationality.

This diversity of cultures and peoples has a powerful impact on the delivery of health care services, our understanding of disease and illness, and the challenge it presents to health care providers.

Today’s health care professional must provide a level of care that meets the guidelines of cultural competence and respects different cultural values and cultural belief systems. Only when we provide this level of care will we be able to truly care for patients; to advocate for them appropriately, thoughtfully, and sensitively; and to demonstrate that we are clinically as well as culturally competent.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

December 15, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.