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Continuing Education Program

Certificate in Medical Spanish

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The reality for many health care professionals is that Spanish is the first language of a large percentage of the population served. Today's medical professionals must adapt to meet the challenges that come with the growing demographic diversity in the health care population. These challenges are linguistic and cultural at their roots. This often requires that health care providers learn to communicated clearly and effectively with patients and their relatives in a second language.

Miscommunication and misunderstanding of critical information can impact everyday patient care, including matters of life and death. The ability to speak basic Spanish reduces the need for providers to enlist the services of an interpreter for common communication tasks and assists health care professionals in providing culturally sensitive care.


(Total contact hours: 63.0)



Conversational Medical Spanish I, II & III may be taken together for a $100 discount.



"A bilingual education is not only preferable in healthcare, but a necessity in my area. I can now strongly compete for the best job opportunities." — Samantha Unnela, NP

"I was able to transition and get a new job by taking all the Spanish courses - It was great preparation."
— S. Haviland '96

Cancellation Policy

Requests to transfer payments to another course, and cancellations, are only accepted in writing (or by e-mail to four weeks prior to the start of the course.

Refund Policy

A refund (less $70 administrative costs) is provided only if a cancellation is requested in writing (or by e-mail to four weeks prior to the start of the course. No refunds will be made for cancellations requested after that date or for no-shows.