The Catholic University of America

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 Advance your career and job marketability with a Certificate in Spanish for Health Care


15 credit (5 course) multidiscipline program that can be completed within 3-4 semesters.

Designed for nursing, psychology, biology, biomedical engineering, social work student.

Gain experience into a professional career path with a Medical Spanish Health Care Internship.

Increase competence in Medical Spanish to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and families.

Exposure to cross-culture communication challenges, health beliefs and practices in a broad range of Spanish-speaking cultures.


CUA nursing student administering diabetes testing in Nicaragua 

Online and summer courses offered

Experience service learning, internship, and study abroad opportunities in Washington, DC, Latin America and Spain

Available to undergraduate, graduate and Honors students



"This certificate has given me valuable tools to better serve the Hispanic community in the US and provide cultural competent care as a nurse."        Kathy Ramirez-Faltot, RN      

Feature on nursing student Michael Nguyen as he reflects on his service trip to Nicaragua as part of the Spanish for Healthcare program #walkwithFrancis 



Jennifer Maxwell
Director of Spanish for Health Care Program
The Catholic University of America
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20064

Phone: (202) 319-5240

Certificate Requirements:

For students with basic background in Spanish to relatively high linguist competence.

List of approved Courses 

Video of Medical Outreach Abroad

Video of Dominican Republic Outreach

 Certificate Application



House-to-house immunization, Nicaragua


Clinical and home medical visits in rural Nicaragua