Medical Spanish

Learn to speak Spanish in a medical setting.

Hola, me llamo Pat y soy su enfermera (o)
(Hello, my name is Pat and I will be your nurse.)

Penn State Scranton in partnership with Penn State Berks is offering a medical Spanish course designed to help health care professionals communicate effectively through conversational competence at a basic level with Spanish-speaking patients in a medical setting.

Medical Spanish Course Overview:

By the end of this medical Spanish course, Spanish for Healthcare Workers (SPAN 5018), students will:

  • Apply medical vocabulary in routine medical situations.
  • Write simple memos and health related reports.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of some Hispanic/Latino cultural medical practices and the patient-doctor dynamic and relationship.
  • Describe signs and symptoms from the most common diseases in the United States.
  • Demonstrate basic skills to conduct a patient interview in Spanish.

Medical Spanish Course Details

Course Title: Spanish for Healthcare Workers (SPAN 5018)
Dates: April 9 - June 18, 2024, no class on 5/28
Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Delivery: Online instruction via Zoom teleconferencing
Cost:  $495 (An eBook and four months of unlimited access to online educational materials are included with the registration fee.)

RegistER for Spanish IN HealthcareOptional Textbook: Basic Spanish for Medical Personnel: 2nd Enhanced Edition by Ana C. Jarvis Houghton Mifflin Company. 2011. ISBN-13: 9781285052188. (Not included in registration fee.) 

Contact [email protected] or 570-963-2600.

About the Spanish Instructor

Maria T. Berger holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology & Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. Berger is experienced in teaching Spanish language courses at higher education level for more than a decade, including  in person, hybrid, and online courses modalities. Berger has also served as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients in the mental health field.




Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.