Are you frustrated by the communication gap that can occur between you and your Spanish-speaking patients? If you answered yes, this Spanish class - designed specifically for healthcare professionals - will help you bridge that gap. You will practice the basic, practical language skills needed to effectively communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients and their families. You will learn the basics of the language, gain an understanding of the culture, and know how to ask the questions crucial to quality healthcare. 
Whether you speak some Spanish and need a refresher, or speak no Spanish, you will complete the course with the skills you will need to effectively communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients. 
NOTE: Students will also need to order an eBook for under $15, or the paperback book version (please see book information below).

CEUs/ILUs: 3.2
Length (in hours): 32
Price in USD $290.00
Price in CAD $389.00

Students will purchase (on their own) McGraw-Hill Education Complete Medical Spanish, 3rd Edition: ISBN-13: 978-0071841887. The eBook version is available at You can also purchase the paperback book version if you wish, available from numerous sources including Amazon.


Unit 1

Introduction to Vocabulary

  • Colors, nationalities, professions 
  • Alphabet 
  • Vowels and Consonants
  • Months and Days of the Week
  • Numbers 1 - 31
  • The verb to be, ‘ser’

Unit 2

The verb to have

  • Describe possessions
  • Describing feelings, pain or ailment 
  • Verb to be: Estar 
  • Location, position, and state of being 
  • Asking questions such as who, what, where, when and how

Unit 3

Vocabulary: Parts of the body

  • Foods
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Idiomatic Expressions
  • Conjugating regular “AR” “ER” and “IR” verbs 
  • Asking and answering, “Who” - “What” - “Where” questions

Unit 4

Medical Terminology

  • Parts of the body
  • Symptoms and injuries
  • Medical emergencies
  • First aid
  • Medications
  • Common Illnesses

Unit 5

Medical Vocabulary and Power Verbs

  • Family members
  • Illnesses, Types of food, Utensils, Diet
  • Review numbers 30 -100
  • Review Days of the week
  • Key Power Verbs
  • Present Perfect Tense
  • Present Progressive Tense

Unit 6

Direct Objects

  • Personal “A”
  • More irregular verbs
  • More stem-changing verbs
  • Imperative Tense

Unit 7

Grammar & Tenses

  • Near Future
  • Reflexive Tense
  • Possessive Adjectives
  • Beware of Direct Translation

Unit 8

Medical terms review

  • Parts of the body and taking vital signs
  • More Present Progressive
  • Review Imperative mood or command
  • The Past tense, regular verbs
  • Physical exam, neurological exam, giving instructions and directions
  • Tests- blood, urine, sputum, skin, x-rays, results & diagnosis

Hear from our past students

I enjoyed this class and would recommend it to those who have an interest for learning a foreign language for their profession.
- Anonymous
I truly enjoyed the course and look forward to the Intermediate level.
- Anonymous

Next start date

Sep 3 – Nov 1