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Spanish for Healthcare Professionals Certificate

If you plan on a career in healthcare, communicating effectively in Spanish will significantly enhance your career prospects. The Hispanic population is large and growing both locally and nationwide, and jobs that require Spanish language proficiency have become an important part of contemporary healthcare. 

The Spanish for Healthcare Professionals undergraduate certificate addresses the growing need for bilingual competency with quality language instruction, and enhanced cultural awareness specific to the unique working environment of healthcare. Graduates will have the ability to assist in meeting the need for bilingual Spanish healthcare professionals.

Curriculum and Duration

Successful completion of the Certificate requires 15 credits.  

  • SP 201  Intermediate Spanish I
  • SP 202  Intermediate Spanish II
  • SP 303  Spanish Conversation and Composition
  • SP 301  Spanish for Health Care Professionals
  • HU 317 Medicine and Hispanics

Given the nature of language courses, with each successive course building on what is learned in prior courses, students will take the five required courses in the order presented above, taking only one course at a time (i.e., one course per semester).

The course sequence begins with SP 201, Intermediate Spanish, which assumes one year of college Spanish or its equivalent. Placement in SP 201 is determined according to how much high school Spanish you’ve taken, or your score on a placement test.

You should begin the certificate program no later than the second semester of your second year at USciences. SP 201 is usually offered in the fall semester.


Admission Office

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 130

Mailing Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495