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MSU online course offers Spanish for healthcare professionals

July 13, 2015 -- 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.

This course is designed for students who have some previous Spanish language training. A targeted focus on both Latino culture and vocabulary and conversation used in healthcare settings makes it unique, challenging and beneficial to Spanish learners of all levels.

The course, “SPNS 250-801,” begins Aug. 24 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 Sarah Hendrikx with MSU Extended University at (406) 994-7441 or    

Contact: Sarah Hendrikx, (406) 994-7441,