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Spanish for Healthcare Major

What is Spanish for Healthcare? 

Spanish for Healthcare is a unique degree program that combines healthcare related majors such as nursing and other pre-medical programs along with Spanish to produce bilingual healthcare providers. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, having a health care provider who speaks the same language as the patient results in greater patient understanding, leading to increased satisfaction, better medication adherence, greater understanding of diagnoses and treatment, greater well-being and better functioning for persons with chronic disease, and more health education. 

What type of career can I look forward to with a degree in Spanish for Healthcare? 

Students graduating with a degree in Spanish for Healthcare are prepared to pursue careers or graduate programs in fields such as nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, healthcare administration or other medical fields. As the Hispanic population grows exponentially across the U.S., the need for Spanish speaking healthcare providers is growing as well. Bi-lingual healthcare providers generally receive higher salaries, more opportunities for advancement, and better treatment outcomes. 

What makes Walsh's Spanish for Healthcare program unique? 

Our class sizes are small, giving students more one-on-one attention from their instructors. Each student also is assigned an advisor and mentor for guidance throughout the undergraduate experience.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take? 

Students will complete requirements such as Intermediate Spanish I & II and Conversation Clinical Spanish. In addition, electives may be chosen from selected Nursing and Spanish courses such as Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Health Care Disparities for Minority Communities: U.S. Latinos or Nursing with Aggregates.

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available? 

Students may participate in a Spanish internship, which will count toward elective credits. Additional opportunities may include global learning through a one-week rotation in the Dominican Republic and/or a local city, or an out-of-state experience.

Whom can I contact for more information? 

Dr. Ron Scott, Chair of the Language & Letters Department
(330) 490-7031
rscott@walsh.edu