Hispanic Cultural Certificate


The certificate will benefit those seeking an increased knowledge in the needs of the Hispanic population. The national census statistics show a dramatic increase in this population over the past several years. Therefore understanding and acknowledging areas of diversity are important to provide a holistic approach to care. The Hispanic population has health needs that cannot be addressed adequately due to language and cultural barriers. These barriers can impede access to healthcare, thereby increasing the risk for health related problems to occur. The certificate offers areas of study that include cultural beliefs, customs and the associated barriers that can lead to inadequate healthcare.

Program of Study

The Hispanic Cultural Certificate will consist of 18 undergraduate credits. The concentration of study will provide specialized education for those individuals who encounter or plan to encounter a Hispanic population in their area of employment or community. The concentration of study will culminate in a Hispanic cultural immersion.

Career Opportunities

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

Program Competencies

Through the completion of the Hispanic Cultural Certificate, the graduates will:

  1. Analyze family and personal health data from Hispanic individuals, families, and communities in their own language.
  2. Identify health and social needs of Hispanic communities.
  3. Implement health care, education, and counseling to Hispanic individuals, families, and communities.
  4. Design culturally-appropriate health and social services for the Hispanic population.
  5. Promote the value of the unique aspects of the Hispanic culture while providing holistic culturally competent care.

Up to six (6) transfer credits will be accepted for the Hispanic Cultural Certificate.

General Requirements

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

  1. An undergraduate application for admission accompanied by a non-refundable admission fee.
  2. For the healthcare worker required to hold a license to provide care/practice, these students must provide proof of a current unencumbered license (an electronic copy of verification is acceptable).
  3. 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. 

Note: Students are held to all prerequisite requirements; some students may require more than 6 courses to complete this certificate.

Curriculum for Hispanic Cultural 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

(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 for the completion of the credentialing is located within the course syllabus.


Total credits for the Hispanic Cultural Certificate: 18

This curriculum is designed for those interested in earning a post-graduate certificate or the student interested in the Hispanic culture seeking a certificate in conjunction with their Baccalaureate degree.

The courses may be completed within the B.S. curriculum for students wishing to receive this certificate in addition to the Baccalaureate degree. All interested students are required to consult with the Academic Advisor and/or Program Chair to plan for the appropriate course sequencing and selection. 

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.