Program Overview: The Cross Cultural Competence Certificate is a post-baccalaureate certificate program designed to equip professionals with cultural competence strategies and skills enabling them to effectively serve diverse and multi-ethnic populations in healthcare settings. This 12 credit (4 courses) certificate program will benefit individuals who are interested in receiving continued education to enhance their ability to work and interact with culturally diverse clients and directly impact health care outcomes.
Delivery Method: Online/ Web-based
CCC 5305 Cultural Competence for Health Care (Credit Hours: 3)
This course provides students in health related professions skills necessary for culturally competent practice. The course encompasses reflective, self-assessment experiences that will enable students to explore their own cultural identity. Throughout this course the students will learn about other cultural value systems through multiple meaningful interactions, such as, direct, on-line chat rooms, and virtual classrooms with other international students. The course will promote the development of skills and culturally sensitive behaviors that will enrich therapeutic, client-centered interactions.
CCC 5320 The Role of Culture in Health Care (Credit Hours: 3)
This course involves understanding the concept of health and illness from a cultural perspective. In this course the students will study epidemiology related to the incidence and prevalence of diseases within specific cultural or ethnic groups. The course will explore health care delivery models prominent health care practices and beliefs among cultural groups.
CCC 5315 Language: Conversational Spanish for Health Care (Credit Hours: 3)
In this course students will engage in practices to acquire skills in elemental conversational Spanish needed for working with Hispanics with limited English Proficiency (LEP) in the United States in diverse clinical and community settings. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to conduct profiles, interviews, and on communication that promotes meaningful, therapeutic, and dynamic interactions.
CCC 5310 Cultural Competence and Professional Effectiveness (Credit Hours: 3)
In this course, students will apply the concepts learned in previous courses to real life situations and intercultural encounters. Students are expected to develop, design and direct their own cultural experiences that will enable interactions and mutually beneficial exchanges with persons from diverse ethnic and cultural groups. Competencies related to intercultural communication, designing and implementing client-centered and culturally competent intervention strategies will be emphasized.
- Completion of a bachelor degree
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Resume identifying education and experience. Attach cover letter with goals related to certificate and projected timeline for completion
- WSSU students applying for the certificate must complete and submit an unofficial transcript
- For non-WSSU students, complete the WSSU Non-Degree Seeking Application, and submit official transcript(s) from undergraduate and graduate work
- Payment of the required application fee
- Note: Up to two individual courses may be taken as electives
Submit Application Materials to:
WSSU Office of Graduate Admissions
206 Thompson Center
601 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
For Questions Contact:
Occupational Therapy Department