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A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care

A free, online educational program accredited for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

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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 best serve all patients, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Any direct service provider interested in learning about culturally and linguistically appropriate services


  • Course 1 covers the fundamentals of CLAS, including 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 and community assessment.

Credit Designation

Physicians - 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.

Ciné-Med, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only those credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Family Practice Physicians - 9 credits

The AAFP has reviewed A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care, and deemed it acceptable for up to 9.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Elective credits. Term of Approval is from 01/01/2024 to 12/31/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants - 9 hours

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 9 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of December 31, 2023. Participants may submit the self-assessment at any time during that period.

This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

Nurse Practitioners - 9 hours

This activity is approved for 9.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 23106397 (through October 31, 2024). This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

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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.