Gulfcoast South AHEC’s Medical Spanish course is designed for both non-Spanish speakers and limited-Spanish speakers. This thirty (30) hour course introduces conversational activities that assist in communicating with Spanish speaking patients in a health care setting.
At the end of the course participants will:
- Be introduced to the Spanish language
- Enhance their communication with Spanish speaking patients
- Improve compliance of Spanish speaking patients
- Build trust and foster a productive provider-patient relationship
- Improve retention of staff that provides services to Hispanics/Latinos
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is included in the Medical Spanish course?
The course begins by introducing the alphabet, vowels and “sounds” of the Spanish language. Numbers and their application in the health care setting are covered (weight, height, degrees, blood pressure measures, doses, etc.). Common greetings, time, dates and vocabulary pertinent to the healthcare setting are introduced and practiced. Body parts, diseases, symptoms and commands in the healthcare setting are reviewed. At least 10-12 basic verbs are introduced, conjugated, and practiced.
What if I have never taken Spanish?
The course is an introductory course designed to improve communication skills with Spanish speaking patients. Emphasis is placed on pronunciation so that what the student learns is understood by Spanish speakers. Previous training in Spanish is helpful but not required.
Do I get certified if I complete the course?
Students who complete the 30-hour course receive a GSAHEC certificate of attendance; this is not a State Certification.
When is the course offered and how much does it cost?
The course is offered to health care organizations as requested and for a negotiated fee.