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Spanish for Healthcare Professionals 2

Course Description: This Spanish course is specially designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals who work in environments in which they have contact with native Spanish-speakers, primarily patients. Hands-on and practical in nature, this course introduces students to important vocabulary and relevant grammar topics, and provides ample practice to boost students’ ability to communicate effectively in Spanish. With the skills gained in this course, students will be able to build confidence with patients who have limited English knowledge, easing the exchange of information and facilitating cooperation between care-providers and their patients.

Through clear explanations, guided conversation, focused vocabulary study, and role-play activities, you’ll deepen your knowledge of medical vocabulary, learn and review relevant grammar topics, and strengthen your oral communication skills. In addition, our skilled instructors customize the curriculum by integrating vocabulary and topics relevant to the specific healthcare fields of each student enrolled in the course.

Spanish level requirement: 

Designed for Intermediate Spanish students who have previously studied at least the present and past tenses and have taken at least our Intermediate 2 course or been recommended at least Intermediate 3 after taking our online placement exam.

Note:  If you’re a student new to Tierra, we recommend taking our Intermediate placement test to assess your level.

10 weeks each level (1 class/week)

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Topics Covered:


  • Command forms
  • The present perfect
  • Review of past tenses
  • Time expressions with “hacer”
  • Passive “se” to explain cause & effect
  • Uses of the subjunctive mood


  • Symptoms and emotional states
  • Taking vital signs
  • Diseases & Medical history
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Describing pain and symptoms
  • Nutrition
  • Mental health
  • Reproductive health


1. The book you will be using for this class is McGraw-Hill's Complete Medical Spanish, 3rd Ed. (July 2015; ISBN-13: 978-0071841887, ISBN-10: 0071841881).  You can purchase a copy at Tierra at your first class meeting for $20 (cash, check, card), or you can get it at your preferred book retailer.