Over 37 million people in the United States speak Spanish as their native language and more than 16 million have limited English proficiency. Functional health literacy influences a patient’s ability to read and understand labels on medicine containers, appointment slips, informed-consent documents, and medical instructions – all considered basic health documents that a patient encounters in healthcare settings. At Rutgers University–Camden, health professionals across disciplines can enroll in the following courses designed to prepare them to effectively communicate, treat, and serve Spanish-speaking persons in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices.


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940: 103: Emergency Spanish ~Intensive course 101+102 in one semester (3 credits)

This course starts at a 101 level and reaches a 102 language proficiency in only one semester. It assumes no prior knowledge of Spanish, and provides all students and health professionals the ability to establish productive communication with Spanish-speaking patients. Prerequisite: None

940:127 Spanish for the Professions I (3 credits)
A course that allows students with an elementary knowledge of Spanish (101). It develops the ability to develop basic, communication skills specifically adapted to the health care environment. Participants will acquire an elementary understanding of grammar and vocabulary in topics such as patient history, symptoms, physical conditions, and emergency response. Prerequisite: Elementary knowledge of Spanish.
940:227 Spanish for the Professions II (3 credits)
For students with prior knowledge of Spanish interested in developing and improving oral and written skills in order to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients, co-workers and professionals. It entails a solid review of grammar and a comprehensive  acquisition of vocabulary in topics such as, patient history, symptoms, physical conditions, and emergency response. Prerequisite: Spanish 127 or interview with Director of Spanish for Health Professions Program.
940:327 Spanish for the Health Professions III (3 credits) For the near-native, heritage or native speaker of Spanish who may have little to no formal training in the language, this course will help develop students’ clinical language abilities in Spanish by providing them with role-play scenarios in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Students are encouraged to communicate in paragraph level discourse, and are taught extensive medical vocabulary and advanced grammatical structures for communication. Students will be able to give advice to patients about disease prevention, nutrition, infant care, maternity care, emergency care, mental health, addiction treatment and accommodations for physical disabilities.
Prerequisite: Spanish 227 or interview with Director of Spanish for Health Professions Program.

940:427 Engaged Civic Learning in the Spanish for the Health Professions (3 credits)
Students interested in Nursing, Health Sciences or Social Work fields will go out into the community to engage residents who primarily speak Spanish on a variety of healthcare topics, including but not limited to nutrition, physical fitness, and diabetes care. The idea is to create a dialogue with community members on how to integrate healthy choices into daily living by listening to their needs and reaching a solution together. In addition, students will attend a weekly class at the University or on-line to support the fieldwork. [/su_spoiler]

50:940:437 The Community Interpreter (3 credits Pass/Fail)*

ACTFL OPIc language proficiency assessment administered at the start of the course
Intended for use in universities, colleges and basic training programs, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to the profession of interpretation. While the emphasis is on medical, educational and social services interpreting, legal and faith-based interpreting are also addressed. The course includes a sample code of ethics. While the approach taken targets spoken language interpreting, the course is also useful for sign language interpreters. The text is written in plain English and visually designed to make the content clear and easy to read, with visual aids to meet the needs of an international audience whose native language may not be English. Divided into five chapters, the book tackles the biggest challenges in the field today. The course will be taught in English and available to students with proficiency in any world language. Students will take the ACTFL OPIc language proficiency exam prior to taking the course. Students will practice their interpreting skills at community partner organizations [/su_spoiler]

940:392 Internship in Spanish for the Health Professions (1-3 credits)
Students will engage speakers of Spanish in Camden in a variety of roles, including assisting residents in the completion of medical forms at Vitality Heath Services and the Health and Wellness Center at LEAP Academy. Students will assistant Spanish speaking clients at the Kroc center in a variety of programs and activities.

Learning Abroad Spanish (3 credit courses)

50:940:238 A Taste for Culture (Spain). Language, Culture, and Nutrition in the Spanish world.

57:705:393 Population Health in Cuba Through Sustainable Community Development

57:705:396 International Service Learning: Health and Healing in Bolivia

57:705:399 Health and Healing in Guatemala: A Service Learning Journey

A course focusing on a cultural, or language-oriented theme, including regular class meetings and appropriate assignments, as well as a short-term learning experience outside the United States. Students will interact with speakers of Spanish while abroad, as they navigate the culture and language in Latin America. All courses currently offered during spring break and summer in Cuba, Guatemala, Spain, and Bolivia.