Hispanic Cultural Certificate


The Hispanic Cultural Certificate is intended for those seeking an increased knowledge in the needs of the Hispanic population. The certificate offers areas of study that include cultural beliefs, customs and the associated barriers that may lead to inadequate healthcare.

Program of Study

The Hispanic Cultural Certificate consists of 18 undergraduate credits and provides specialized education for those individuals who encounter or plan to encounter a Hispanic population in their area of employment or community. The certificate culminates with a Hispanic cultural immersion.

Career Opportunities

Multiple career opportunities exist for healthcare professionals with knowledge of the Hispanic culture and a degree of fluency of the Spanish language. This added knowledge is desirable in numerous healthcare settings.

Certificate Competencies

Through the completion of the Hispanic Cultural Certificate, graduates will be able to:

    Analyze family and personal health data from Hispanic individuals, families, and communities in their own language.

    Identify health and social needs of Hispanic communities.

    Implement health care, education, and counseling to Hispanic individuals, families, and communities.

    Design culturally-appropriate health and social services for the Hispanic population.

    Promote the value of the unique aspects of the Hispanic culture while providing holistic culturally competent care.

Up to six (6) transfer credits may be accepted.

General Requirements/ Pre-Requisites

The certificate is open to all students seeking increased knowledge in the healthcare needs of the Hispanic population:

     Undergraduate application for admission.

     Healthcare workers required to hold a license to provide care/practice must provide proof of a current unencumbered license (electronic verification is acceptable).

     A current background check and drug screen is required for all students seeking this certificate. Students must contact the Program Chair for details and instruction on the completion of the required credentialing process. 

Students are held to all prerequisite requirements. Therefore, some students may require more than 6 courses to complete the certificate.


HLT 371 TPC: Cultural Diversity Health and Illness

ETN 340 Hispanic Culture and Enrichment

SPA 301 Practical Spanish I

SPA 302 Practical Spanish II

SPA 305 Spanish for Health Care

NUR 327 Hispanic Cultural Immersion (for Hispanic Cultural Certificate only)

(Nursing Students)


HSC 327 Hispanic Cultural Immersion (for Hispanic Cultural Certificate only)

(Non-Nursing Students)

NUR 327 and HSC 327 include a community learning experience. Students preparing to register for either course must speak with the appropriate Program Chair prior to registration.

Students are required to complete mandatory credentialing prior to the start of the course. Information about the procedure credentialing is located in the College of Health Professions student organization site.


Total credits for the Hispanic Cultural Certificate: 18

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.