Course Spotlight: Spanish for Medical Professionals 1157

Spanish for medical professionals

In the medical field, it can be difficult—and frustrating—when you are treating a patient whose primary language is something other than yours. With an increasing number of Spanish-speaking patients utilizing medical facilities in the United States, this is a common issue for nurses, doctors and others working in the medical realm to experience. That’s where Spanish for Medical Professionals 1157 comes in.

An online continuing education course at The University of West Alabama, Spanish for Medical Professionals 1157 is a Spanish class designed specifically for healthcare professionals that serves to connect English-speaking healthcare workers to their Spanish-speaking patients. The course will focus on the basic and practical Spanish language skills necessary to communicate with patients and their families. Appealing to a range of experience levels, the course will also help participants acquire an understanding of the culture surrounding Spanish speakers as it relates to healthcare.

This one-month course is divided into the following four units:

Unit 1: Introduction to Vocabulary

  • Colors, nationalities, professions
  • Alphabet
  • Vowels and consonants
  • Months and days of the week
  • Numbers 1 through 31
  • The verb for “to be:” ser

Unit 2: The Verb, “To Have”

  • Describing possessions
  • Describing feelings, pain or ailment
  • The verb for “to be:” estar
  • Location, position and state of being
  • Asking questions such as who, what, where, when and how

Unit 3: Vocabulary: Parts of the Body

  • Food
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Conjugating regular “-ar,” “-er” and “ir” verbs
  • Asking and answering who, what and where questions

Unit 4: Medical Terminology

  • Parts of the body
  • Symptoms and injuries
  • Medical emergencies
  • First aid
  • Medications
  • Common illnesses

By the end of Spanish for Medical Professionals, course participants will be able to form and speak simple sentences in Spanish, tell time and identify days, moths and dates in Spanish, identify and pronounce body parts and symptoms in Spanish and ask Spanish-speaking patients about their medical histories. Those who complete the course will also be able to better communicate with their patients’ families and possess an understanding of Latin American cultures.

This course is being offered July 3 through 28 and September 5 through 27, 2017!

To register for this or other UWA Online Continuing Education eLearning courses, visit

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