Sep 20, 2021  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (Certificate)

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Healthcare in the U.S. is complex and ever-changing, but its foundation remains simple—the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, one-on-one, with patients. Students completing this certificate program will gain the linguistic and cultural fluency to better serve the growing Spanish-speaking population in a variety of healthcare settings.

The Spanish for Healthcare Professionals Certificate Program is a postsecondary, pre-baccalaureate certificate, requiring 15 credits to complete. This certificate program will offer those working in, or those who plan to work in, the healthcare industry with quality language instruction, and enhanced cultural awareness, specific to the unique working environment of healthcare. Graduates will have the ability to assist in meeting the need for bilingual Spanish healthcare professionals.

Given the nature of language courses, with each successive course building on what is learned in prior courses, students will take the five required courses in the order presented below, taking only one course at a time (i.e., one course per semester).


Students from outside USciences must have a High school diploma, and proficiency at the third semester level (equivalent to one year) of college Spanish. Each student will take a required placement test to ensure that he/she possesses the requisite proficiency to position him/her for success in SP201-Intermediate Spanish, the first course in the curriculum. Students not placing at the required level are free to take lower level Spanish courses at University of the Sciences or elsewhere to increase their competency and re-take the placement test.

Students presently enrolled in a USciences undergraduate or pre-professional/professional health sciences program must be in good academic standing, take the required placement test and demonstrate proficiency at the third semester level (equivalent to one year) of college Spanish. In addition, they must obtain the approval of their academic advisor and either the academic program director or dean for their major, and obtain the approval of the Program Director for the Spanish for Healthcare Professionals Certificate Program.

Matriculated students in a USciences degree program who are interested in pursuing this Certificate Program are encouraged to begin the Certificate Program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, to allow sufficient time to complete the five required courses.

Additional Information

Students enrolled in the Spanish for Healthcare Professionals Certificate Program must earn a grade of “C” or better in each required course in order to progress to the next course in the curriculum and successfully complete the Program.

If a student completes one or more courses in the Program and for whatever reason does not progress to the next course, the student may continue in the Program at a later date. However, if the student is away from the Program for one year or more, the student must retake the placement test to determine the most appropriate course for continuation in the Program and will enroll in the course the next time it is offered.

A maximum of six credits, equivalent to SP 201 and SP 202, may be transferred from another institution with the approval of the Humanities Department chair.

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