Spanish for Health Care Professionals - Online Course Series | Briar Cliff University

Spanish for Health Care Professionals

Don’t just speak the language. Understand the culture.

"The Spanish for Health Care Professionals course has given me a solid foundation for the understanding and implementation of the Spanish language into my practice. Communication is the most important aspect in providing care for a person. Understanding someone in his or her own language allows for a more thorough practice and improves on building the provider-patient relationship. Spanish for Health Care Professionals has given me an understanding and access to tools allowing me to improve communication in Spanish while continuing my work and family obligations.” - Chris Jacobs, nurse practitioner at Siouxland Community Health Center

These courses are offered to undergraduate and graduate students or health care providers looking to enhance their cultural competence. This series of classes will teach you to deliver care in a manner that meets the social, cultural and linguistic needs of your Spanish speaking patient population.

  • Cultural Knowledge
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Cultural Competence

Who are these courses designed for?

This series of courses is intended for post-licensure health care professionals that deliver direct care to patients, who wish to effectively communicate health information using the Spanish language. Learn more about the curriculum here.

How do the courses work?

The coursework is offered in a convenient, online format using our cutting-edge online learning platform. Content is delivered with online modules and weekly live webinars. You can log in from anywhere and interact with your classmates and professor — who will be with you every step of the way!

Optional Spanish immersion experience

Once you complete the first two courses in the series, you will have the option to travel abroad for two weeks to participate in a complete immersion experience of the Spanish language and culture.

Spanish for Health Care Professionals in the Media

Sioux City Journal: Briar Cliff offers Spanish instruction for health care professionals

KTIV: Healthbeat 4: Bridging the language barrier between doctors and patients

KCAU: Briar Cliff program helps medical professionals communicate with patients

Enroll today!

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Course Series Details


  • SPAN 601/SPAN 475 A & SPAN 602/SPAN 475 B: Feb. 4 - May 6, 2019
  • Registration for spring semester opens on Nov. 5, 2018

FORMAT: Online and hybrid