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Montclair State University Continuing and Professional Education Catalog > Allied Health

Spanish for Health and Social Services Professionals Certificate  

Health and social services jobs that are enhanced with bilingual capabilities: Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurses, CNAs, Emergency Responders, Psychologists, Child Advocacy and Social Workers, Counselors, and other allied health professionals.

This fully online certificate program is designed for health and social services professionals who interact with a Spanish-speaking client population. In four integrated modules (Spanish language, conversation, interpretation, and culture), the program employs a communicative approach, which embeds vocabulary and grammar in real world settings. Learners will build on prior language capabilities as they approach activities such as patient intake, symptom diagnosis, post-visit follow up and medication instructions, and interacting with payment agencies (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance).

Cultural aspects are discussed throughout the program to ensure the learner appreciates the foundational attributes and expectations that patient bring with them as they request care. It will provide learners with: language and conversational skills relevant to a variety of health care and social services profession; the relevant interpreting tools to facilitate communication; and, an appreciation for the rich cultural background associated with Spanish-speaking patients.

Courses are fully online with optional weekly special topics sessions conducted by the course facilitator. The course facilitator is also available to answer learner queries as they arise. A basic level of Spanish is assumed – please discuss this with an Admissions Representative. The certificate is designed to be completed in 24 weeks, with a commitment of 7 hours per week. Alternately, a learner can complete the certificate in 18 weeks on the fast track, which would require 10 hours per week.


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