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MSU online course offers Spanish for health care professionals

August 16, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - An online course from Montana State University gives health care professionals and students in pre-health programs a foundation for working and conversing with Spanish-speaking patients.

The course is designed for students who have little or no previous Spanish language training, but will also aid more advanced Spanish learners with a targeted focus on conversation used in health care settings.

The course, SPNS 291-801, begins Aug. 27 and is offered completely online. Students do not need to be enrolled in an MSU program of study, and off-campus professionals are encouraged to register. The course offers three undergraduate credits in Spanish.

Students will apply specifically targeted sets of Spanish vocabulary/grammar to: Medical conversation; practice conducting medical interviews in Spanish; and engage with guest-speaking Latino/non-Latino medical professionals. The course also helps students develop cultural competency of Latino medical issues in and outside the U.S., and establishes a foundation for further study of the Spanish language and Latino culture.

To register, visit (the course is listed under Modern Languages) or contact Extended University at (406) 994-6683 or

Contact: Lesa Pribyl, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7441,, or instructor Mark Lehman at