Medical Spanish Certificate

The reality for many health care professionals is that Spanish is the first language of a large percentage of the population served. Today's medical professionals must adapt to meet the challenges that come with the growing demographic diversity in the health care population. These challenges are linguistic and cultural at their roots. This often requires that health care providers learn to communicate clearly and effectively with patients and their relatives in a second language.

Miscommunication and misunderstanding of critical information can impact everyday patient care, including matters of life and death. The ability to speak basic Spanish reduces the need for providers to enlist the services of an interpreter for common communication tasks and assists health care professionals in providing culturally sensitive care.

The introductory class, CMS I, II, and III all require the same two textbooks, which must be purchased online before the first class. Both by Jarvis, et al., both enhanced 2nd editions.

Basic Spanish (ISBN: 978-1-285-05208-3)

Basic Spanish for Medical Personnel (ISBN: 978-0-495-90266-9)

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Students with little to no background in Spanish are encouraged to take:

Required Coursework:

Students who want to develop a higher level of proficiency may take:


Registrations will be processed upon receipt of payment. Payment is due in full (tuition and fees) in order to be enrolled in any course.

  • Register for a course at least four weeks prior to the scheduled start date and qualify for the $35 early bird transaction fee.
  • A regular transaction fee of $75 will apply to courses starting within four weeks of registration.

Important: By registering for any of the course offerings, you assume responsibility for all related tuition, registration fees, lab fees, and book fees. You also agree to our refund and cancellation policy.


Requests for cancellations and refunds are accepted in only in writing (email: at least four weeks prior to the start of the course. A refund is provided (less a $75 administrative fee per course). No refunds will be made for cancellations requested within four weeks of the start date of the course or for no-shows.

A bilingual education is not only preferable in health care, but a necessity in my area. I can now strongly compete for the best job opportunities.
Samantha Unnela, Nurse Practitioner