Cultural Competency - CHES05

Cultural Competency

Values, Traditions & Effective Practice

by Carol Ann Brannon, RDN, MS, LD
(4.2 / 291 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (3.00 CECH)

Price: $59.00
CE-PRO Price: $29.50


We live in an increasingly global society where cultural diversity predominates. It is not enough to simply recognize cultural diversity. The goal of each healthcare professional, as well as every healthcare organization, should be to become culturally competent. Cultural competency, as related to healthcare and health education, is the ability to understand and respond effectively to the cultural and linguistic needs of patients or clients. The development of cultural competency is a process that occurs along a continuum.


The purpose of this continuing education program is to motivate dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists and social workers to take steps toward developing cultural sensitivity and competency. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the value and importance of integrating cultural competency in the educations and training of healthcare professionals as well as developing individual and organizational cultural competency
  • Discuss the six progressive steps of the Cultural Competency Continuum
  • Explain why cultural values, more than income or race, can determine the quality of healthcare a patient receives

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. 
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 7/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/2/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/31/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Marisa P - Doylestown, PA  ·  Oct 05, 2017
Very well presented and clear
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Margaret F - Lawrenceville, GA  ·  Oct 04, 2017
Very important for all health care workers. So many cultures to deal with today's
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Lori M - Kirkland, WA  ·  Sep 27, 2017
Straight forward and to the point. Nicely done.
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Jodi D - Kentwood, MI  ·  Sep 27, 2017
Very good course for nurses.
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Victoria D - Schwenksville, PA  ·  Sep 22, 2017
very informational, easy to follow
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Price: $59.00
CE-PRO Price: $29.50