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Registered nurses who have completed basic nursing education with either a nursing diploma or an associate degree have the opportunity to earn a Hispanic Cultural Certificate. The census statistics in the tri-state area show a dramatic increase in the Hispanic population. Nurses are an integral part of the community. The Hispanic population has health needs that cannot be addressed adequately due to language and cultural barriers. These language and cultural barriers can impede access to health care, thereby increasing the risk for health problems.
The Hispanic Cultural Certificate will consist of 18 undergraduate credits. The track of study will culminate in a Hispanic Cultural Immersion. Students will be required to practice in a community health setting that exists to meet the needs of the Hispanic population. This track will educate school nurses, nurses in physicians' offices, and any other nurse who encounters a Hispanic population in their practice.
Multiple career opportunities exist for nurses who have knowledge of Hispanic culture and language in a variety of health care settings.
Through the completion of the Hispanic Cultural Certificate, the graduates will:
Up to six (6) transfer credits will be accepted for the Hispanic Cultural Certificate.
The program is open to all RNs. Each prospective student must submit the following:
HLT 371 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness
HUM 340 Spanish Culture and Enrichment
NUR 327 Hispanic Cultural Immersion*
SPA 301 Practical Spanish I
SPA 302 Practical Spanish II
SPA 305 Spanish for Health Care Personnel
*Includes clinical or laboratory experiences
Of note: This curriculum is specifically designed for registered nurses interested
in earning a certificate only. Degree-seeking students in the RN-BSN program
with an interest in Hispanic Culture are advised to consult with the Academic
Advisor for nursing in order to plan a curriculum incorporating the Hispanic
community and culture.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2012-2013 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2012 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.