Cultural Competence: An Overview

Culture serves as a lens through which patients and practitioners filter their experiences and perceptions. Patients will bring their unique life stories and concerns to the practitioner, and their cultural values and belief systems will inevitably shape how the problem is defined and their beliefs about what is effective in solving the problem. However, the cultural backgrounds and values of patients are not necessarily scripts that define behavior, and when practitioners view culture as a strength and not a pathology, practitioners will be able to more effectively join with patients to mobilize change.

The purpose of this course is to provide members of the interprofessional healthcare team with the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to provide culturally competent and responsive care to all patients.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define cultural competence, implicit bias, and related terminology.
  2. Outline social determinants of health and barriers to providing care.
  3. Discuss best practices for providing culturally competent care to various patient populations.
  4. Discuss key aspects of creating a welcoming and safe environment, including avoidance of discriminatory language and behaviors.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 2.00 ANCC
  • 2.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 2.00 ANCC
  • 2.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)


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This course is offered through NetCE.

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