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Cultural Competence

Fall:  May 15
Fall Admission Only

The Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence program is instructed fully online. It is the first of its kind in the country and has been developed and designed to help health care professionals:

  • Advance and revitalize your career
  • Increase your earning potential, marketability, and promotional opportunities
  • Meet the health care and educational demands of an increasingly diverse population
  • Meet accrediting agency and professional association mandates for cultural competence education

Developed and taught by an international scholar in Cultural Competence, CSI’s program is unique in many ways.

  • The first and still one of the only advanced certificate programs in cultural competence
  • Only currently existing advanced certificate program in cultural competence
  • Accredited by New York State Department of Education
  • Taught by an internationally renowned scholar
  • Combines a variety of interactive teaching-learning activities online
  • Fully Online program completion in 1 academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring), 3 courses total
  • Individualized student projects and papers according to students’ area of interest
  • Assistance with library and online resources

If you are dedicated to expanding your professional development and being on the cutting edge of healthcare, this program will benefit you whether you work in a practice or an academic setting.

Contact Information

Marianne R. Jeffreys, EdD, RN

Program Coordinator

Building 5S, Room 108
Email Marianne R. Jeffreys, EdD, RN

The certificate requires 9 credits, instructed fully online, enables graduates to become resources for the health care system in which they work. 

NRS 700 (3 credits) Transcultural Concepts and Issues in Health Care
NRS 703 (3 credits) Teaching and Learning for Cultural Competence Development
NRS 704 (3 credits) Cultural Competence in Healthcare: Project Development

All applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or above in nursing courses, or a higher degree in Nursing, or other related fields.

Students already enrolled in a graduate nursing program at CSI, who successfully complete NRS 700 (a required course) and the necessary Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence courses as electives (NRS 703 and NRS 704) for their program will receive the advanced certificate. This will not reduce the number of credits needed for their degree program. They do not need to submit an application for the Advanced Certificate Program in Cultural Competence; however, early registration for NRS 703 and 704 is encouraged.

Graduate Application:


Request official transcripts from all US institutions attended to be sent to CAS. International Transcripts (For those who studied outside of the U.S.) will need to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or  Education Credential Evaluators (ECE).  The evaluation must be sent directly to CAS.  There's a link in the Academic History section of the application to order your official evaluation. 

Application Fee:

Submit a $75.00 non-refundable application fee.  The fee must be paid online via the CAS application system.  Applicants who are veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves, may obtain an application fee waiver.  Veteran applicants must submit proof of their Veteran/Military status (ie., DD-214, Current Military ID Card, or Deployment or Pre-separation orders).  Please send proof to  Once we receive your proof, we will issue a fee waiver.

Personal Statement:

A personal goal statement of 300-500 words that describes their cultural competence goals.

English Proficiency Examination:  The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam is required of students for whom English is a second language.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum required score is 79 (Internet). For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the TOEFL website at Our institutional code is 2778.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): We will only accept the academic exam scores. The minimum required score is 6.5 (overall band).  For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the IELTS website
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum required score is 53. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the PTE website
  • Duolingo English Test: Minimum required score is 100. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the Duolingo website.