Distance Learning

Cross Cultural Competence for Health Related Professions Certificate

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.  This 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. 

Certificate: 4 Courses/12 Credit Hours

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.

REH 6308 Cultural Diversity Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling and Health Care (Credit Hours: 3)

This course prepares professionals to provide multicultural competent counseling and health related services. Special emphasis will be placed on addressing cultural diversity characteristics that may affect the rehabilitation process when serving individuals from racially/ethnically and linguistically different groups and populations.

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor degree
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Resume identifying education and experience.  Attach cover letter with goals related to certificate  use and projected timeline for completion
  • WSSU students applying for the certificate must 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


Contact Information

Dr. Dorothy Bethea

Program Coordinator

Dr. Dorothy P. Bethea, Professor and Chair
Occupational Therapy Department
Phone: (336) 750-3172
Email: betheadp@wssu.edu
Graduate Admissions Office

Ms. Monica Elliott, Assistant Director
Distance Learning
Phone: (336) 750-2250
Email: graduate@wssu.edu

For Questions Contact:

Ms. Phyllis Franks,
Graduate Services Coordinator
Occupational Therapy Department
Email: frankspj@wssu.edu

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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