Health professionals are daily confronted by the challenges of serving a population with whom they have difficulty communicating. Over 37 million people in the United States speak Spanish as their native language and more than 16 million have limited English proficiency.
At Rutgers–Camden, we offer a program in Medical Spanish that enhances the preparedness of our graduates who are entering the healthcare field, allowing them to meet the specific needs of these patients. This program serves both students who speak English as a native language and for those whom Spanish is their native or heritage language.
This certificate program is open to Rutgers students who are enrolled in a degree program.
Learning outcomes of this training in the Spanish for Health Professions Certificate Program
- Students will acquire language proficiency at the intermediate to advanced levels or beyond as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and scored on the computerized Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc).
- Students will be able to initiate and continue dialogue with Spanish speaking patients in a clinical setting by recording an accurate patient health history and responding to patient questions in the target language.
- Students will interact directly with Spanish speaking community members in health, social services and/or education settings through engaged civic learning courses.
- Students will complete a 40 hour Community Interpreter course and receive a nationally recognized certificate as a qualified medical interpreter. 
- Students will construct clear, coherent, and articulate interpretations of the cultural idiosyncrasies that play a role in how Hispanic communities face health needs, initiatives, and/or crisis.
 Application for a Certificate in Community Interpreting is forthcoming. Course will run Spring 2019.
To earn the certificate, students must earn 16 (if they test out on a placement exam) or 18 credits