Spanish for Medical Professionals

Spanish for Medical Professionals

Portland Community College

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Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Start Dates: Feb 10, Mar 16, Apr 13, May 18
7,877 Students
have taken this course.

Syllabus

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Week 1

Lesson 01 - Speaking, Spelling, and Counting in Spanish

Wednesday

¡Bienvenidos! (Welcome !) In our first lesson, you’ll master the building blocks of Spanish. First, you’ll discover how easy it is to spell and pronounce words en español. After that, you’ll learn how to count from 0 to 19.

Lesson 02 - Words for Talking About People

Friday

La familia is central to Latin American life, and family members play a key role in a patient’s medical care as well. Today you’ll learn the Spanish words for those family members, and pick up some handy phrases for conversing with patients and their families. In addition, we’ll talk about pronouns and explore the role of gender in Spanish.

Week 2

Lesson 03 - Colors, Directional Words, and Numbers from 20 to 199

Wednesday

In this lesson, you’ll power up your Spanish vocabulary by learning the words for colors and directions. In addition, you’ll find out how to count all the way to 199—and you’ll learn six handy prepositions to beef up your sentence-building power.

Lesson 04 - Easy Verbs

Friday

As a medical professional, you’re always in action—so you’ll want lots of action words in your Spanish repertoire! To help you master those verbs effortlessly, I’ll introduce you to my super-simple conjugation system that uses only three tenses (present, easy past, and easy future). In addition, we’ll look at two interesting verbs that mean “to be:” ser and estar.

Week 3

Lesson 05 - Words for Describing the Body and Medical Conditions

Wednesday

Today we’ll start zeroing in on the medical Spanish you need to know. We’ll begin by taking a look at the parts of the body, and you’ll learn the words for everything from teeth to toes. After that, we’ll peek inside the body, and talk about internal organs. And finally, we’ll delve into the Spanish vocabulary for common medical conditions.

Lesson 06 - At the Doctor's Office

Friday

It’s time to visit the doctor’s office, where you’ll learn lots of words for making patients feel welcome. You’ll also discover the magic of the word ¿Cuál? and explore other ways to ask questions. In addition, we’ll talk about Spanish words for hours of the day, days of the week and months of the year—all handy things to know if you’re making appointments for patients!

Week 4

Lesson 07 - Emergency!

Wednesday

In an emergency, every second counts—and today’s vocabulary words can help you respond quickly in medical crises involving Spanish-speaking patients. In addition, you’ll learn words for describing medical tests, treatments, and procedures, so you can inform and reassure patients receiving care in the emergency room. And finally, we’ll look at terms you can use to talk with patients and their families about medications.

Lesson 08 - The Examining Room

Friday

Most patients have routine symptoms and ailments, and in this lesson we’ll add more words to your vocabulary for discussing these common medical problems. In addition, we’ll look at words for instructing patients during a medical exam—and we’ll end off by expanding your toolkit of Spanish words with some new adjectives.

Week 5

Lesson 09 - On the Patient Care Floor

Wednesday

Today we’ll visit the patient care floors and learn words for everything from bedpans to pillows to call buttons. You’ll also discover lots of new words for talking about time, and you’ll find out how to explain visiting hours to your Spanish-speaking patients. Finally, we’ll explore words for feelings—something that will help you soothe patients when they’re sad and celebrate with them when they’re happy.

Lesson 10 - Admitting and Discharge

Friday

Patients are constantly coming and going—and that means it’s a good idea to know Spanish words for admitting and discharging them! Today you’ll learn a new set of verbs that will help you talk with patients when they’re arriving or leaving. In addition, we’ll look at words for talking about insurance and payments.

Week 6

Lesson 11 - Words for Talking about Pregnancy and Pediatric Care

Wednesday

This lesson starts with a look at the youngest patients who visit a doctor’s office or hospital: the ones who aren’t even born yet. After we talk about pregnancy, labor, and delivery, we’ll move on to pediatrics and explore words for making your young patients and their parents feel informed and comfortable. As a bonus, we’ll talk about words that’ll get you out of a bind if you don’t understand what a Spanish-speaking patient is saying.

Lesson 12 - Vocabulary for Assisting Adult Patients

Friday

Today we’ll finish our journey through the ages and stages of life by talking about adult patients. We’ll look at words for discussing cancer symptoms, tests, and treatments, and explore ways to assess the mental status of a patient en español. In addition, we’ll look at Spanish words for all those diets your patients love so much: low-salt, low-fat, low-cholesterol, and more! And finally, you’ll discover the little word “hay” and find out why it packs a powerful punch.


Review

As a medical professional, not knowing a bit of Spanish, the instructor made it easy to understand and fun to follow along by using the stories of Hector and Maria.

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