Spanish for Medical Professionals II

Continue to focus on providing the best possible care for Spanish-speaking patients and their families. This course provides medical professionals and healthcare providers who already have a good grasp of Spanish with more medical vocabulary to sharpen their skills.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting  October 18, 2023
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Course code: sm2

Do you feel like you have a pretty good sense of intro Spanish, but are ready to take it to the next level? This course picks up where the first course, Spanish for Medical Professionals, left off. If you didn't take the first course, no problem! This course is also for healthcare providers who already have a pretty good sense of Spanish, but just need more medical vocabulary to sharpen their skills.

You'll review the basic body parts and organs and also explore vocabulary and phrases related to insurance and expressions for patient assessments, exams, and communicating pain. You'll learn terminology found in tons of specialties, including pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, OB/GYN, radiology, orthopedics, cardiovascular, oncology, physical and occupational therapies, dermatology, dentistry, and ophthalmology. The course will even talk about terms related to diet and discharge. It's a great Spanish foundation for healthcare workers!

What you will learn

  • Learn Spanish useful for healthcare workers in a variety of specialties
  • Review Spanish words for the basic body parts and organs
  • Explore vocabulary and phrases related to insurance and expressions for patient assessments, exams, and communicating pain
  • Learn Spanish terms related to diet and discharge

How you will benefit

  • Gain skills that you can take to any area of the country where there are Spanish-speaking people
  • Bridge the communication gap and learn to communicate more effectively with Spanish speaking patients so you can provide better care
  • Open the door to new career options by adding Spanish skills to your résumé

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

¡Bienvenidos! (Welcome!) In this lesson, you'll get a chance to brush up on your basic Spanish. First, you'll review friendly greetings you can use to put patients at ease. Then, you'll delve into articles (those little words you use to say the, a, an, or some) and check out Spanish pronouns. Finally, you'll explore el cuerpo (the body) from head to toe.

The first stop for most of your patients is at the reception desk—so that's where you'll start this lesson's journey as well. After a quick refresher on present-tense verbs, you'll learn handy words and phrases for asking patients how you can help them. Next, you'll dive into common questions on the forms that patients fill out in the waiting room. Finally, you'll tackle insurance forms en español.

In this lesson, you'll visit the nurses on the floors at your virtual hospital. First, you'll find out how your Spanish-speaking patients use the verb tener to talk about their needs and feelings. After that, you'll learn about reflexive verbs—some handy words to know when you're helping patients with daily living activities. Finally, you'll explore vocabulary words you can use to assess and help patients.

In this lesson, you'll start by translating two medical acronyms for assessing patients—SAMPLE and OPQRST—into español. Then, you'll tackle irregular verbs and conjugate both stem-changers and go verbs. After that, you'll head back to the nurses on the floors, where you'll learn about ways to assess patients' pain and examine more vocabulary for discussing medical conditions.

In this lesson, you'll focus on your youngest patients—and on the oldest as well. That's because you'll delve into vocabulary you can use in pediatric and geriatric settings. In addition, you'll learn how to use the "command" form of verbs, which will really beef up your ability to give your patients instructions. As a bonus, you'll examine some interesting cultural tidbits that will help you understand your Spanish-speaking patients better.

Patients experience lots of different emotions, and in this lesson, you'll learn words for talking about these feelings. In addition, you'll master new vocabulary for discussing mental health problems and tackle a couple of new verb tenses you can use to talk about the past.

It's one of the most puzzling questions when you're learning Spanish: When should you use the verb ser, and when should you choose estar instead? This lesson will clear up that mystery—and you'll also take a peek at the oh-so-easy present progressive verb tense. Then, you'll learn basic gynecological terms and master vocabulary related to prenatal care, birth, postpartum care, and breastfeeding.

To find out what's going on with your patients, you'll often need to take a peek inside them with the help of X-rays, MRIs, and other tests—and in this lesson, you'll explore how to talk about these tests in Spanish. In addition, you'll dip a toe into the field of orthopedics and learn some basic vocabulary you can use in this specialty. For your daily dose of grammar, you'll investigate more ways to describe time, especially when it comes to finding out how long ago something happened. ¡Vamos!

In English, people frequently say things like "I just ate" or "he just left"—and in this lesson, you'll learn how to translate that handy word just into Spanish. In addition, you'll master vocabulary related to the circulatory and respiratory system and find out how to talk with Spanish-speaking patients who are diagnosed with cancer.

Everyone has lots of things that they need to do—and in this lesson, you'll learn how to say "I need to . . ." or "it is necessary to . . ." by using the expressions tener que and hay que. In addition, you'll master vocabulary related to physical and occupational therapy, as well as words for talking about foods and diet.

In this lesson, you'll have some fun looking at false cognates—words that look much the same in inglés and español, but actually have different meanings. After that, you'll delve into words you can use to compare things or conditions in Spanish. Finally, you'll investigate vocabulary you can use in the dentist's or the eye doctor's office.

In the final lesson, you'll discover how to give advice using the word debería and master vocabulary for talking about medication dosages and discharge procedures. After that, you'll explore words and phrases you can use to counsel patients about preventive care.

Tara Bradley Williams

Tara Bradley Williams has authored several Spanish textbooks and occupational Spanish reference guides, including the "¡A Conversar!" and "¡A Trabajar!" series. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and community college levels for over 10 years. She has also operated a Spanish language school and served as a medical interpreter. Tara has BA degrees in Spanish and Sociology from St. Norbert College and an MA in Higher Education and Adult Studies from the University of Denver. She has studied Spanish at the Universidad de Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain and has lived and traveled extensively in Spain and Latin America.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.​

Self-Paced: Your course begins immediately after you enroll.​

Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends. You will interact with the instructor through the online discussion area. There are no live sessions or online meetings with the instructor.

Self-Paced: You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. However, you will have access to all lessons from the time they are released until the course ends.​

Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.

Instructor-Led: Students enrolled in a six-week online class benefit from a one-time, 10-day extension for each course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.​

Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.