Cultural and Linguistic Competence for Today’s Healthcare Professionals, Part 4 - RAD401

Cultural and Linguistic Competence for Today’s Healthcare Professionals, Part 4

Effective Communication With Limited-English-Proficient Patients

by Mary Curry Narayan, MSN, RN, HHCNS-BC, CTN-A
(4.6 / 649 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (0.75 CE Credit)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Healthcare providers must communicate effectively with limited English-proficient patients to ensure patient safety and quality of care. They must be able to comply with government regulations, meet accreditation standards and provide evidence-based care. Providers also need to know how to use interpreters and evaluate who is an appropriate interpreter to provide linguistically appropriate care.


The goal of this continuing education program is to improve the ability of nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, and social workers to provide quality care and better outcomes for patients who have limited English proficiency. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the importance of linguistically appropriate services for LEP patients
  • Identify regulatory, accreditation and evidence-based standards related to LEP patients and linguistic services
  • Describe strategies for effectively communicating with LEP patients 

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, physicians, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists and social workers.
Radiologic technologists: 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.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 8/2/2013 to 9/1/2016 and 4/20/2018 to 5/1/2020.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 8/2/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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Bryan N - Austin, TX  ·  Feb 15, 2020
Comes in very handy, especially in Texas.
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Allyson C - New Frankling, OH  ·  Jan 29, 2020
We use interpreter phones and physical people a lot and this was very informative.
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Crystal G - Henderson, NC  ·  Jan 22, 2020
Very informative information about culture for patients.
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Rosalie M - avondale, AZ  ·  Dec 27, 2019
This was a great course I learned a bunch of information and look forward to learning more.
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Kerstyn R - Dickinson, TX  ·  Dec 13, 2019
It was a useful course.
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