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Course Code: MEDSPAN

Medical Spanish Programme

A Professional Qualification for Professional Participants

The Caribbean School of Languages is an official examination centre for internationally recognised qualifications in Medical Spanish. 

With an International Certificate in Medical Spanish, the participant will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that they have attained an advanced level of fluency in spoken and written Medical Spanish, as well as a broad understanding of Hispanic cultural practices and beliefs related to healthcare. The participant will also be able to integrate their linguistic and cultural skills into the knowledge and skills related to their specialty in the healthcare field.

The series of short courses in Medical Spanish is offered at three different levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level is subdivided into Phase I and Phase II, for a total of six separate short courses. Upon succesful completion of both phases of each level, the participant receives a certificate awarded by the CSL. 

The Online Medical Spanish courses are a stepping stone to our International Certificate programme in Medical Spanish level B2 (Advanced level) and then to our level C1 (Superior level).

Overview

The Medical Spanish courses cover everything the professional healthcare provider needs in the discharge of their duties, including practitioner to patient communication, interaction among professionals, research and much more in the foreign language as well as cultural awareness and many other aspects of specialised communication.

Scheduled live sessions provide human interaction with a specialist. Although attendance is not mandatory to live sessions, the participant is strongly advised to participate in order to practise and improve their Spanish.

Participants do not require any prior knowledge of Spanish to start. All the skills and knowledge will be acquired from the basic level through the intermediate and up to the advanced level at international standards.

Student Profile

These courses are offered to professionals working in the fields of medicine, such as medical doctors, nurses, public or private health officials, pharmacists, medical specialists, dentists, surgeons, cardiologists, etc., who want to expand their professional opportunities or improve the delivery of their services by learning Medical Spanish.

Participants must be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet.

IT requirements

  • For computers using Windows (minimum system requirement: Windows 10)
  • For computers using Mac (minimum system requirement: OSX 10)
  • For iPad tablets (iOS) (minimum system requirement: iOS 9)
  • For Android tablets (minimum system requirement: Android 5)
  • The use of headphones with working speakers and a microphone is advised.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.

How does it work?

Each lesson is made up of a study unit and assignment.  The learner is required to go through the study unit and answer all the questions in the assignment. Assignments are then mailed back to CSL where experienced tutors correct and return them with comments.

Level Phase Structure Duration

Beginner

Phase (I)

10 practical language sessions 

10 individual assignments

10 weeks
Beginner Phase (II)

10 practical language sessions 

10 individual assignments

10 weeks
Intermediate   Phase (I)

12 practical language sessions 

12 individual projects

12 weeks
Intermediate   Phase (II)

12 practical language sessions 

12 individual projects

12 weeks

Advanced 

 

Advanced 

Phase (I)

 

Phase (II)

20 practical language sessions 

20 individual projects

20 practical language sessions 

20 individual projects

20 weeks

 

20 weeks

 

Contents

  • The Medical Spanish Beginner Phase (I) lays the foundation for specific communication in the health sector. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. Participants are able to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients, give advice, treatment and prescriptions based on clinical analysis, using specialised vocabulary and structures in the present and past tenses.
  • The Medical Spanish Beginner Phase (II) broadens scope of communication to include exchanges in past, present and future tenses, conditionals, subjunctive, etc. Participants are able to treat Spanish-speaking patients and explain and describe health problems and illnesses.
  • The Medical Spanish Intermediate Phase (I) fosters independent research and effective communication using specialised vocabulary and structures. Participants begin to master nuances in grammar, expressions and vocabulary, and increase their level of fluency.
  • The Medical Spanish Intermediate Phase (II) increases capacity of participants to conduct independent research and free effective communication using specialised vocabulary and structures. Participants continue to improve mastery of nuances in grammar, expressions and vocabulary, and increase their level of fluency.
  • The Medical Spanish Advanced Phase (I) exposes participants to higher levels of grammar and specialised vocabulary. Participants engage in more complex activities, such as formal writing, research reporting and speeches.
  • The Medical Spanish Advanced Phase (II) exposes participants to higher levels of grammar and specialised vocabulary. Prepares participants for external examinations leading to the attainment of international certification. Participants engage in more complex activities, such as formal writing, research reporting and speeches.

Evaluation and Certification

Some of the evaluation components include projects, assignments and oral presentations, which test the four language skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

It is estimated that the participant will conduct 3 – 5 hours of independent study per week. 

On successful completion of each level (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), participants will receive a Certificate of Completion awarded by the CSL. On partial completion of a level (Phase I) participants obtain a Transcript. In order to get a Pass, students must obtain at least 60% of the overall grade.

Certificates of Completion and Transcripts are prerequisites for the next higher level or phase and will be considered as such for a period of one (1) year. After a year has elapsed, students may have to take a placement test to move forward.

Fees Structure

Study method

  • Distance learning 

Admission Requirements

  • A diploma in a medical field

Other Related Courses

Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language

Frequently asked questions

I have studied Spanish before. Do I have to start at Phase I Beginner?

Persons with previous knowledge of General Spanish would have to start from Phase I Beginner. This is a specialised course and the structure and content in each Phase is unique in Trinidad and Tobago.

Candidates who have studied Spanish before AND who have been using Spanish in a medical context for some time may be authorised to sit a placement test.

Evidence of having studied Spanish before, such as certificates and transcripts, will be required when requesting a placement test. Placement tests are both written and oral with human interaction with a native speaker specialised in the medical field. The result of our placement test is final.

Does the CSL accept international students?

All our courses are 100% online. We have students from all over the world.