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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 communicate 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.

Students who have little or no background in Spanish are encouraged to take


Register for Conversational Medical Spanish I, II and III together for a $100 discount!

Students who desire to develop their skills in Spanish to a higher level of proficiency may take:

"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


Requests for cancellations and refunds are accepted in only in writing (email: at least four weeks prior to the start of the course. A refund is provided (less a $75 administrative fee per course). No refunds will be made for cancellations requested within four weeks of the start date of the course or for no-shows.