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Online: Professionalism Module 4: Cultural Competence
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Author(s): APTA Task Force on Professionalism and APTA Staff

Tara Pearce, MHS, PT


$33.60 to Member / $48 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Publication Date: October 2009
Delivery Method:
Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation and a posttest. Handouts, when made available by the presenters, are available as downloadable PDFs within the course. Computer System Requirements.
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Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

Module 4: Cultural Competence includes a discussion about how to assess cultural competence using a cultural competency continuum, examines the culture of communication (eg, verbal and nonverbal cues) and how to incorporate Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service - or CLAS - Standards into clinical practice. The course also introduces the concept of health disparities among various groups within the U.S. and discusses the needs of patients and families with low health literacy.


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After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Apply a method to assess cultural competency on a continuum.
  • Define unconditional positive regard.
  • List the effects of culture on health beliefs.
  • Differentiate CLAS standards for cultural competency.
  • Identify the effect of culture on verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Recognize the effects of health disparities.
  • Identify methods to provide education to patients with limited health literacy.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Tara Pearce, MHS, PT, earned a BS in physical therapy from Bradley University in 1997, a MHS from University of Indianapolis in 2004, and is currently enrolled as a DHS student at the University of Indianapolis. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy where she instructs students in coursework related to professionalism and clinical education. Ms. Pearce continues clinical practice per diem in an acute care setting. Her interests include vestibular rehabilitation, fall prevention, clinical education, and topics related to professionalism. Her dissertation is focused on self-management techniques for vertigo as they relate to health literacy and adherence and rates of recurrence.


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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, .2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0159
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 2 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

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System Requirements
Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation, interactive knowledge checks, and a posttest. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.

Computer System Requirements

Keywords: Professional Issues

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$48.00 $33.60