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Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring

A free, online educational program accredited for nurses.

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If you have taken the program in its entirety and need to retake the program, request an email reset at contact@thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov or 833-485-1664.

Program Details

About This Program

As healthcare disparities among cultural minority groups persist in our country, culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) are increasingly recognized as an important strategy for improving quality of care to diverse populations. This e-learning program will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to provide the best care for all patients, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Any direct service provider interested in learning about culturally and linguistically appropriate services


  • Course 1 covers how to deliver culturally and linguistically competent nursing care, including a self-awareness tool and strategies for delivering . patient-centered care.
  • Course 2 covers communication and language assistance, including how to work effectively with an interpreter.
  • Course 3 covers organizational CLAS-related activities, including strategic planning, staff training, and community partnerships.

Credit Designation

Nurses - 9 credits

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cine-Med and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Cine-Med is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Please note: Because this program is for independent study, contact hours earned through this CE are recognized by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

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National CLAS Standards

This e-learning program is grounded in the HHS Office of Minority Health's National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care.

The program is intended to support the delivery of culturally and linguistically competent services and the implementation of the National CLAS Standards.