Spanish for Healthcare Workers - Any Ideas?

  1. hello all. i am hoping someone in the chicagoland area may be able to help me. i just graduated from nursing school and 32 hours post graduation my classmates started complaining on our facebook page that they were bored. well i told them i was going to take spanish for healthcare workers this summer and the next thing i know, everyone wants to take it with me. all that being said...

    does anyone know of where i could find a spanish for healthcare workers class?

    we are out in the western surburbs, but wouldn't be opposed to traveling an hour to get there. i have already checked local community colleges and tried googling it, which got me on-line programs and books. so i'm looking for any other suggestions that you may know of.

    thanks so much for any help you could provide....


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  3. by   PrayToTheUnicorn
    If you can get a job in the Northwestern system, they offer courses through the Feinberg school.
    Also, check out Cervantes in Chicago. Personally, I think that knowing basics has to come before medical Spanish, so that might be a good place to start for some people. It doesn't seem that they currently offer a medical spanish class but maybe they'd be willing to start? I know that it would be immensely popular. Regardless, they do offer private classes, and if they would be willing to tailor it to medical and anatomy jargon in your private sesssions, I think that would be well worth it. Cervantes will do Spanish lessons at hospitals and companies so maybe they'd be willing to come and do a group thing for graduates of your class if you get together and try to do something like that? It's worth asking anyway.
    Instituto Cervantes of Chicago: Learn spanish in Chicago
    Last edit by PrayToTheUnicorn on May 14, '12
  4. by   PrayToTheUnicorn
    Found another Chicago resource for medical spanish:
    Spanish Studio | Spanish Classes Chicago
  5. by   Valerie99
    Have you looked into learning online? Since you live in the suburbs, this could save you many hours in commuting time. Living in Los Angeles, I can empathize with commuters!

    I always chat with Spanish speaking friends when I have the chance, but one program that particularly helped me was through Language Bird Private Spanish Lessons Online - Home . I did 1 on 1 Spanish lessons there and my teacher was able to really focus on the vocab and scenarios that were relevant to me as a nurse.

    Will this be your first time studying Spanish or do you already know some?
  6. by   duskyjewel
    Here's my post from another thread:
    Quote from duskyjewel
    Rio Salado community college here in Phoenix has a two class series on Spanish for health care workers. I took 3.5 years of Spanish in high school/college and still remember a fair bit, but I never learned much that would help medically and I've forgotten a lot. It's all online and would be easy to do around work, so I'm thinking about doing it.

    I have also used Google translate, and it is very useful. I told my co-workers that we already have the Universal Translator from Star Trek.
    If the community colleges near you don't offer anything, Rio Salado is a fully online school, and while you would probably pay the out of state rate, you could take the classes from them.

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