Spanish for Health Care Professionals Certificate
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures hosts an interdisciplinary certificate program in Medical Spanish. Open to students in all majors and to non-degree seeking students, the program is designed to address the growing demand for Spanish-speakers in medical settings such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, or homecare. Students with previous Intermediate proficiency will advance during the course of studies to, at least, the Advanced-Low level while acquiring specialized vocabulary, structures, and language pragmatics typically found in the medical field. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge as nurses, nurse-practitioners, physicians, medical administrators, and front-office staff in medical offices. Furthermore, members of medical teams on missions in South America should find the skills gained through the certificate useful.
Students who wish to enroll in the Certificate program must have
- previous knowledge of Spanish at the intermediate-mid level as an absolute minimum.
- Students who do not speak English as their first language have to pass our institution's English proficiency requirements of 80 on TOEFL and 6.5 on IELTS.
Proficiency can be established by passing a Spanish 201 (third-semester) course or by passing an AVANT placement test (online access provided by UMW) with a score of 4.
For more information on UMW’s English proficiency requirements, see https://www.umw.edu/admissions/international/english-second-language/
|SPAN 202A||Intermediate Spanish II 1||3|
|or SPAN 306||Composition and Grammar|
|SPAN 305||Conversation and Grammar||3|
|SPAN 415||Advanced Conversation 2||3|
|HSCI 120||Medical Terminology for Health Professionals 3||3|
|SPAN 394||Spanish for Medical Purposes||3|
SPAN 306 Composition and Grammar may be taken if student has proficiency beyond the Intermediate-mid level
Optional: SPAN 000 Service Learning, 42 community hours, can be taken as part of SPAN 415
Or experience as medical professional (established by Nursing faculty), which will reduce the credit load by 3 credits
Certificate in Medical Spanish Program
Marcel Rotter, Program Coordinator, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Janet M. Atarthi-Dugan, Nursing
María Laura Bocaz-Leiva, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Gonzalo S. Campos-Dintrans, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Ana Garcia Chichester, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Antonia L. Delgado-Poust, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Marcelo Fajardo-Cárdenas, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Jeremy G. Larochelle, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Elizabeth F. Lewis, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Maria Isabel Martinez-Mira, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Pamela McCullough, Nursing
Martha Patricia Orozco, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures