Course Number Course Title Semester Day & Time Instructor Course Fee Register
SPN 367C Spanish for Health Care Professions Summer 2024 Online María Luisa Echavarría $850.00
Course Type
Semester-Based Online
Class Description

This course develops fluency and precision in written and spoken Spanish, developing previously acquired abilities and basic knowledge that are necessary to communicate effectively in a medical setting with Spanish speaking persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). In this course, we emphasize the development of medical terminology and jargon, the application of daily activities for the medical field through three modes of interpretation: sight, consecutive, and simultaneous, as well as the acquisition of the ethical and cultural competency that is needed to serve as an interpreter. May be used to satisfy the Medical Interpreter Education requirement necessary to apply to take the NBCMI certification exam.

Date & Location

This course has no live class meetings, and for the most part can be done on the student’s own schedule. There are due dates for all assignments. There are also three types of assignments requiring in-person, synchronous participation online: once a week—five times during the entire course—students will work in small groups (3-4 students) to complete.

First class day: Monday, July 15
Last class day: Friday, August 16
Final exam: Instructor will provide information.

Required Course Materials

Spanish and the Medical Interview, A Textbook for Clinically Relevant Medical Spanish, Second Edition, Pilar Ortega, MD, 2016. It is very important to purchase the version of the book including the Student Consult, the online video content required for the course. (Available for purchase from the University Co-op.)

The Medical Interpreters Training School (MITS) website offers a variety of modules to develop medical abilities in Spanish. We will use two modules: Medical Terminology and Oral Practice 1 and 2. A discount is available to student enrolled in this class. Please wait until your instructor provides you with a current, valid discount code via email before purchasing the modules online from MITS (discounted cost $80).

Technical Requirements

Reliable internet connection (wired connection is recommended for synchronous interactions and video recordings). A computer with webcam, microphone and headphones.

Official UT Austin Course Description

Explore both spoken and written language in health care situations. Focus on complex grammatical concepts and cultural issues that affect professional activities in Spanish-speaking communities.

The University Extension section of this course does not qualify for the Cultural Diversity in the U.S. or Writing flags.

Class Prerequisites

Intermediate-to-advanced Spanish proficiency, as evidenced by completion of two years of college-level Spanish coursework and at least one Spanish course in writing, grammar, or literature. At UT, this is the equivalent of SPN 327C, 327N, 327V (or 327W), 328C, or 330L. Students should be comfortable with extensive writing (essays, reports, etc.).

Students should contact the University Extension advisor with any questions about prerequisites or placement in our courses. All students should contact their academic advisor with any questions about how this course fulfills their degree requirements.


No refunds after 07/22/2024.