Hispanic Focus

The Hispanic Focus is a unique elective course of study within the four-year bachelor degree program in nursing. This guided focus is a selection of interdisciplinary courses and selected nursing assignments intended to enhance the student's understanding of, and nursing practice with, Hispanic peoples. The Hispanic Focus is designed to meet the health care needs of the increasing Hispanic population in the greater Cincinnati area. Hispanics are now the largest minority in the United States; it is expected to continue to grow. Therefore, the culturally competent graduate nurse will be of increased value to future employers.

Who, What, When, Where, & How

  • Who: Open to undergraduate nursing students who are interested in Hispanic culture.
  • What: Three hours fulfill the nursing elective requirement. Of the core courses, 9 hours are specified in history and language. No additional courses are required but language needs to be at the 202 level. A total of 12 credit hours are dedicated to the Hispanic Focus.
  • When: Can begin in spring of either the first or second year in the undergraduate nursing program and the one three-credit nursing elective is taken in the last 3 years of the program.
  • Where: The nursing course work is based in a community agency that cares for Hispanics.
  • How: Contact the program advisors listed below or call the School of Nursing at 513 745-3814.


The objectives of the Hispanic Focus are to:

  • Develop Hispanic-specific knowledge and cultural competence
  • Become culturally engaged
  • Acquire intermediate language proficiency

Course Information

NURS 132 Health & Culture
NURS 484 Hispanic Focus Elective
HIST 151 Latin American History I*
HIST 152 Latin American History I*
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II*
Total Hours

*Required core courses

Any of the courses in the Latin American Studies Minor can be taken to enhance the Hispanic Focus; e.g., literature, theology. A major/minor in Spanish or a minor in Latin American Studies can be incorporated.


"The Hispanic focus has really inspired me to learn more about the Hispanic culture and language in order to become a more well-rounded nurse."
- Jessica Montrie, BSN, 2004


Debra VanKuiken, PhD, RN
Room 126 Cohen
Phone 513 745-3042
E-mail vankuikend@xavier.edu