Cultural Competence in the Master's Curriculum-A Course Exemplar

Deborah Cross, Ann Marie Walsh Brennan, Valerie T. Cotter, Rosalyn J. Watts

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This article focuses on the teaching-learning strategies for integration of cultural competence in the first clinical core course in Primary Care of the Middle Aged and Older Adult, a required course for graduate students enrolled in the Adult Health Nurse Practitioner Program, Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program, and the Family Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Multiple teaching-learning strategies for the first clinical course consisted of preliminary online self-assessment, clinical case scenarios, critique of multicultural clinical vignettes, and cultural assessment of the clinical agency. In the outcomes of these teaching-learning strategies, it was shown, through the use of reflective diaries of nurse practitioner students and course evaluations, that the multiple strategic approaches were effective for cultural competence integration within each of the nurse practitioner programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-154
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural competence
  • Master's curriculum
  • Primary care
  • Trigger films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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