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MSU offers online course on Spanish for healthcare professionals

August 13, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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An online course from Montana State University will give healthcare 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 it will also aid more advanced Spanish learners with a targeted focus on conversation used in healthcare settings.

The course, SPNS 250-801, begins Aug. 26 and is offered completely online. Students do not need to be enrolled in an MSU program of study to take the course, and off-campus professionals are encouraged to register. The course offers three undergraduate credits in Spanish.

During the course, students will apply specifically targeted sets of Spanish vocabulary and grammar to medical conversation, practice conducting medical interviews in Spanish, and engage with guest-speaking Latino and 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 Lesa Pribyl with Extended University at (406) 994-7441 or

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