Class Overview

Spanish for Medical Professionals | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Bridge the communication gap between you and your Spanish-speaking patients in this class designed specifically for healthcare professionals.

Practice the practical language skills needed to effectively communicate while learning the basics of the language, culture and how to ask the questions crucial to quality healthcare.

Whether you speak some Spanish and need a refresher, or speak no Spanish at all, you will gain the real-world knowledge you need to effectively work with patients in a professional health care environment.

This online course is offered through our educational partner, LERN.

Read about the online learning experience in our Frequently Asked Questions.

During this course, you'll learn to:

  • Recognize the basic sounds of the Spanish language and the correct pronunciation
  • Be able to make introductions using the verb “to be,” adjectives and vocabulary related to the medical profession, and Spanish notions of gender and number for nouns, adjectives, articles and their agreements
  • Understand the Spanish uses of verb mood, tense number, and person
  • Identify parts of the body and names of different organs and bones, as well as symptoms and ailments
  • Acquire the ability to interview patients, take medical histories, conduct physical examinations, give prescriptions and follow-up instructions, and intervene with medical emergencies

Course Outline

Introduction to Vocabulary

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

Medical Terminology

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



Learning Outcomes

  • Have the ability to form and speak simple sentences in Spanish
  • Know how to tell time and identify the days of the week, months of the year, and how to ask for a birth date
  • Identify and correctly pronounce body parts and symptoms in Spanish
  • Be able to ask your Spanish-speaking patients about their medical history, age, and symptoms using “question” words such as how, when, who, do you, where, why, how much, which, what, what for, and to give instructions
  • Effectively communicate with patients’ family members
  • Have an understanding of cultural norms in Latin American countries

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Any current medical professionals who work with Spanish-speaking patients
  • Anyone training to be in the medical field who want to prepare themselves for working with Spanish-speaking patients

Session Details

  • Class ID: 5908
  • Instructor: Cristina Sempe
  • When: Flexible start dates
  • Total Number of Hours: 32
  • Where: Online
  • Fee: $290