Full Course Description

Spanish for HealthCare Professionals

Program Information

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Behavioral Health Counselors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Physician Assistants


Lesson 1: How to learn Spanish, alphabet & cognates

  • Introduction to syllabus & course schedule
  • Basic greetings
  • Why speak Spanish?
    • Demographics of our nation
    • Competencies of communication, safety & quality care
    • Stories: ducharme, senor confused in 4-point restraints
    • Fun and useful second language
  • Components of learning a foreign language
    • Guidelines to learning a second language: learn parts of speech/language, listen/train your ear, practice and speak
    • Parts of language: vocab, grammar, pronunciation, comprehension, fluency
    • Simple steps to learn a foreign language
  • Vocab: alphabet, vowels, & cognates
    • Alphabet/vowels
    • Cognates, near cognates, cognate verbs
  • Grammar: question words
    • Parts of speech
    • Key phrases      
  • Dicho: El tiempo lo cura todo. Time heals all wounds.
  • Culture Focus: North America & Mexico


Lesson 2: Numbers and Nouns

  • Greeting phrases, using a dictionary
  • Cultural considerations
  • Vocab: numbers, time, money, cost
  • Grammar: parts of speech, nouns singular & plural
  • Dialog practice
  • Dicho: El remedio puede ser peor que la enfermedad
  • Sometimes the remedy is worse than the disease
  • Culture Focus: Spain


Lesson 3: Food, clothes, admitting questions

  • Greeting: favorite foods
  • Vocab: food, clothes & illnesses
  • Grammar: gender of nouns
  • Dialog: admitting questions
  • Scenario: initiating the yes/no answers
  • Dicho: Lo que not mata engorda
  • Culture Focus: Guatemala & Belize


Lesson 4: Parts of the Body, verb conjugation

  • Greeting/questions
  • Vocab: parts of the body
  • Grammar: pronouns & 3 basic verb forms
  • Dialog practice - command words for physical assessment
  • Practice scenario - verbs playing dice
  • Saying/Dicho:  Pague lo que debe, sanará del mal que tiene
  • Cultural insight of a country: Puerto Rico & Cuba


Lesson 5: Colors, physical assessment questions

  • Greeting/questions
  • Vocab: colors
  • Grammar: patient commands
  • Dialog practice - patient interview
  • Practice scenario - patient assessment, pain & neurological system
  • Saying/Dicho: Dime con quien andas, y te dire quien eres
  • You can judge a man by the company he keeps
  • Cultural insight of a country: Honduras


Lesson 6: Family, irregular verbs, skin system

  • Greeting/questions
  • Vocab: family vocabulary
  • Grammar: irregular verb forms: ir, tener, querer
  • Dialog practice
  • Practice scenario - skin system
  • Saying/Dicho: Mas vale que nunca
  • Cultural insight of a country: El Salvador & Dominican Republic


Lesson 7: Ser/Estar, respiratory system

  • Greeting/questions
  • Vocab - prefixes & suffixes
  • Grammar - ser & estar verbs
  • Dialog practice
  • Practice scenario - respiratory system
  • Saying/Dicho: he who wants the fruit must climb the tree
  • Cultural insight of a country: Costa Rica & Panama


Lesson 8: Hobbies, directions, CV system, diagnostic tests       

  • Greeting/question
  • Vocab: hobbies & directions
  • Grammar: prepositions
  • Dialog - cardiovascular system
  • Practice scenario - diagnostic tests
  • Saying/Dicho: pesevere & succeed
  • Cultural insight of a country: Nicaragua


Lesson 9: Telling time, gastrointestinal system

  • Greeting/question
  • Vocab: time, days of the week, calendar & seasons
  • Grammar: how to ask/answer time
  • Dialog - gastrointestinal system assessment
  • Practice scenario - mock scenarios
  • Saying/Dicho: don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
  • Cultural insight of a country: Ecuador


Lesson 10:  Quick phrases, emotions, professions, GU system

  • Greeting/question
  • Vocab: professions, emotions & remedies
  • Grammar: quick phrases
  • Dialog - genitourinary system
  • Practice scenario - mock scenarios & remedies
  • Saying/Dicho: que vaina/ que chevre
  • Cultural insight of a country: Colombia


Lesson 11:  Animals, opposites, musculoskeletal system  

  • Greeting/question
  • Vocab: animals & opposites
  • Grammar: fluency in sentence making
  • Dialog - musculoskeletal system
  • Practice scenario - medical objects
  • Saying/Dicho: Al mal tiempo, buena cara.
  • Cultural insight of a country: Venezuela


Lesson 12:  Medical equipment, specialists, reproductive system

  • Greeting/question
  • Vocab: medical equipment, reproductive system terms, specialists
  • Grammar: fluency in sentences
  • Dialog - reproductive system, labor & delivery
  • Practice scenario - mock scenarios
  • Saying/Dicho: Vive la pura vida
  • Cultural insight of a country: Peru & Ecuador


Lesson 13:  Gustar- like verbs, vital signs, patient hygiene, administering med

  • Greeting/question
  • Vocab: colors
  • Grammar: reflexive verbs
  • Dialog - Gustar-like verbs
  • Practice scenario - vital signs and IV
  • Saying/Dicho
  • Cultural insight of a country: Bolivia


Lesson 14: Reflexive verbs

  • Greeting/question
  • Vocab: travel
  • Grammar: reflexive verbs
  • Dialog - medical history and admitting
  • Practice scenario - perioperative conversations
  • Saying/Dicho: world’s best doctors
  • Cultural insight of a country: Chile


Lesson 15:  Body language, cultural competence, CAM

  • Greeting/question
  • Body language & etiquette
  • Cultural competence concepts
  • Complementary & alternative medicine use/folk medicine
  • Saying/Dicho: Comer hasta enfermar y ayunar hasta sanar
  • Cultural insight of a country: Uruguay


Lesson 16:  Final scenarios, commands & emergency phrases

  • Greeting/question
  • Vocab
  • Grammar: making a command form
  • Dialog - emergency phrases, phrases for PT, dietitian, OT, school nurse
  • Practice scenario - mock scenarios
  • Saying/Dicho
  • Cultural insight of a country: Argentina


Lesson 1: How to Learn Spanish, Alphabet, and Cognates

  • Employ common greetings in Spanish
  • Catalogue components of language and strategies to learn a foreign language
  • Formulate common Spanish cognates
  • Utilize the Spanish alphabet

Lesson 2: Numbers and Nouns

  • Integrate general cultural, physical and language considerations for Spanish-speaking clients into treatment to improve client level of functioning
  • Employ comprehension of numbers for time, measurements and money
  • Demonstrate the concept of gender for nouns

Lesson 3: Food, Clothes, and Admitting Questions

  • Perform Spanish vocabulary for food & clothing
  • Utilize patient admission questions in Spanish
  • Execute yes/no questions in a clinical setting

Lesson 4: Parts of the Body and Verb Conjugation

  • Formulate basic anatomical terms in Spanish
  • Demonstrate proper use of pronouns
  • Apply conjugation rules for three basic verb forms: AR, ER and IR

Lesson 5: Colors and Physical Assessment Questions

  • Distinguish and pronounce colors
  • Utilize yes/no questions practically, in session with clients
  • Compose physical assessment questions for the neurological system

Lesson 6: Family, Irregular Verbs, and the Integumentary System

  • Perform Spanish vocabulary for family members
  • Utilize irregular verbs: ir, tener, querer with proper conjugation
  • Employ Spanish vocabulary words to describe the integumentary system

Lesson 7: Ser/Estar and Respiratory System

  • Integrate prefixes, suffixes and possessives to expand Spanish vocabulary
  • Demonstrate the proper uses of ser and estar
  • Practice scenarios for clients with respiratory issues

Lesson 8: Hobbies, Directions, CV System, and Diagnostic Tests

  • Utilize vocabulary for hobbies
  • Demonstrate vocabulary for medical tests and settings
  • Dramatize scenarios for the cardiovascular system

Lesson 9: Telling Time and the Gastrointestinal System

  • Utilize Spanish vocabulary to calculate time to improve client engagement
  • Apply Spanish vocabulary to describe the calendar
  • Practice vocabulary for gastrointestinal system

Lesson 10: Quick Phrases, Emotions, Professions, and the Genitourinary System

  • Employ quick Spanish phrases that can be put to practical use in-session
  • Utilize various words/phrases for emotions and professions in Spanish
  • Construct a physical assessment of the genitourinary system with Spanish terms

Lesson 11: Animals, Opposites, and the Musculoskeletal System  

  • Perform correct pronunciation of Spanish vocabulary for animals
  • Practice proper pronunciation of Spanish vocabulary for opposites
  • Dramatize scenarios for the musculoskeletal systems

Lesson 12: Medical Equipment, Specialists, and the Reproductive System

  • Practice Spanish vocabulary related to the reproductive system
  • Conduct Spanish conversation regarding typical health care equipment
  • Utilize proper terms for medical specialists in relation to client assessment and treatment planning

Lesson 13: Gustar- like Verbs, Vital Signs, Patient Hygiene, and Administering Medications

  • Utilize the verb gustar properly with clients
  • Appraise client hygiene and nutrition
  • Employ Spanish vocabulary while taking vital signs
  • Complete the administration of medications in Spanish

Lesson 14: Reflexive Verbs and Assessment Questions

  • Choose and utilize reflexive Spanish verbs
  • Utilize Spanish vocabulary common in prescriptions and clinical settings
  • Construct assessment questions in Spanish

Lesson 15: Body Language, Cultural Competence, and Complementary Alternative Medicine

  • Distinguish common body language used in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Develop training to become culturally competent
  • Evaluate common complementary and alternative medicine used in Spanish-speaking cultures

Lesson 16: Final Scenarios, Commands, and Emergency Phrases

  • Utilize clothing vocabulary
  • Determine how to use a translator correctly
  • Respond basic meanings in conversational Spanish

Copyright : 02/20/2019