Spanish for Medical Professionals II

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 Access / 24 Course Hrs
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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!


¡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.



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.


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.


Spanish for Medical Professionals II is a fun online course and very user friendly.

Tara Williams is an excellent teacher!! I loved the class. The interactive puzzles and games were a wonderful teaching tool that helped me remember the vocabulary and correct spelling. I have taken a lot of online courses, but this one was the best. The balanced format kept the class interesting and challenging. Thank you. I hope that you would create another advanced Spanish class.

Very helpful course! Most was a review as I use Spanish daily at work, but there were definitely some vocabulary words that will only serve to further me in my career. The look on the patients and parents face when I begin speaking to them in Spanish never gets old. Thanks!

This course helped me review and expand the vocabulary I need to be a medical interpreter. Thank you for a very practical class.

Wonderful class! The grammar lessons were perfect. Spanish was my first language but it was forgotten long ago. Although I could understand a lot of Spanish, I could not speak it well enough. The problem...conjugation. The grammar lessons were explained so simply, that there was an, "Ah-ha" moment each time. Thanks for a great class!

Self-Guided Course Code: T9743
Instructor-Moderated Course Code: sm2