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Certificate Program in Healthcare Spanish

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Why should I choose this program?

The Department of World Languages and Literatures in collaboration with Healthcare-related programs is offering a Certificate Program in Healthcare Spanish.

The Certificate in Healthcare Spanish is a specialized language program for students in Nursing, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology, Social Work, and related disciplines. It prepares students to successfully interact with members of the Hispanic community as they gain oral and written competency in professional Spanish and an understanding of Hispanic cultures.

Since personnel in Healthcare and Healthcare-related fields must be able to communicate effectively with their clients, including native speakers of languages other than English, these are valuable skills for those seeking careers in Health and Human Services. Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the US (62.1 million in 2020, a 23% growth since 2010) and the largest racial or ethnic group in California (15.6 million in 2020).

The courses focus on specialized medical terminology and cross-dialectal and cross-cultural variation within Latin American and US Spanish, as well as on culturally appropriate communication and interaction. The Certificate Program will prepare students in a variety of Healthcare-related fields to serve the growing Latino population in the Inland Empire and beyond.

This program has been developed with the support of a US Department of Education Grant (P016A140064) funding the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program Project for two campuses: CSU San Bernardino and Sac State.

For more information please contact Prof. Carmen Dagostino.