Cultural Competency - RD05

Cultural Competency

Values, Traditions & Effective Practice

by Lori A Porter, MBA, RDN, LDN
(4.2 / 778 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (3.00 CPEU)

Price: $59.00
CE-PRO Price: $29.50


Healthcare professionals must go beyond simply recognizing different cultural norms and practices in the workplace. They must integrate culturally appropriate interventions when working with culturally diverse clients and patients — and with coworkers. Cultural competency goes beyond traditional cultural eating patterns. It means healthcare professionals know such things as when to maintain or avoid eye contact, include or exclude family members during consultations, and formally or informally address people when speaking with them. A lack of cultural competency creates an invisible schism between providers and the people with whom they interact. This course discusses a number of mainstream cultural norms and explains how cultural competency functions as a vehicle for our health-related messages.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, and health educators with information about developing cultural sensitivity and competency. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Explain the value and importance of integrating cultural competency in the education and training of healthcare professionals as well as developing individual and organizational cultural competency
  • Discuss the six progressive steps of the Cultural Competency Continuum
  • Explain why cultural values, more than income or race, can determine the quality of healthcare a patient receives

Accreditation Information


This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, and health educators.


Dietitians and dietary managers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.


For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.

OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 1 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 1040, 1060, 6000, 6070 and performance indicators of 1.3.6, 1.3.7, 4.2.2, 8.2.3. Activity # 100587 for 12/02/13 to 12/13/20.

Course Originally Released on: 7/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/13/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/13/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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anne s - boca raton, FL  ·  Mar 14, 2019
I liked it but I found it could have been a little more in depth about education on the cultures of the different countries & people.
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Allison B - dillon, CO  ·  Feb 28, 2019
this course was fine
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Linda R - Manteca, CA  ·  Feb 15, 2019
Course needs to be reworked badly. It in itself is biased. I can't even see this one being good for an entry level person who has lived in a homogeneous community. I don't usually give bad reviews, but I can't give this a good one. The best part of the course is the various food pyramids. The most important thing a person can learn about diversity and acceptance is to just be open, learn from one another, don't rush to judgment and get rid of any "my way or the highway" mentality no matter where it is in one's life.
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Amy C - Pffaftown, NC  ·  Jan 02, 2019
Great ideas to use in practice and becoming more culturally competent.
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Sarraine H - harrisburg, PA  ·  Dec 10, 2018
The course was very informative.
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Price: $59.00
CE-PRO Price: $29.50