Beginning Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion for Health Care

2 Units
Main Campus

Course Description

Communicate With Your Patients in Spanish and Build Trust

Participants will learn the Spanish language and culture at a basic level so they are able to better communicate with patients in the healthcare field. Providing high quality care in a different language is challenging and very difficult to accomplish. However, even if it is at a basic level, being able to communicate with patients in their own language brings them a level of comfort and relief that it is always welcomed and appreciated. Simple communication with patients in their language provides caregivers and healthcare staff with a level of trust from the limited English proficient patient that otherwise is less likely to occur. By speaking in the patient’s language, healthcare staff is able to relate to them in a unique way and provide care that is patient-centered focused. At this level, the use of a qualified and competent interpreter will always be needed to discuss critical medical information but learning basic Spanish and culture will provide another window where the world can be seen and understood in the same language as the patient.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: All healthcare professionals (direct and indirect patient care providers) in San Diego County (i.e. physicians, nurses (LVN’s, CNA’s, RN’s, NP’s, etc.), techs, social workers, access reps, supervisors, managers, directors, nursing administrators, etc.). The course is intended for beginners only.

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What You Will Learn

  • Learn the Spanish alphabet, family vocabulary, basic anatomy, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, and expressions of time
  • Introduce yourself in Spanish
  • Speak key Spanish phrases and specific vocabulary in the healthcare setting such as specific illnesses, descriptions, and condition of patients
  • Provide basic care instructions and directions
  • Identify and recognize the importance of using a qualified medical interpreter to communicate effectively
  • Increase their awareness about the Hispanic/Latino culture, traditional folk medicine and their overall skill level on Spanish medical terminology


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