There’s no question that bilingual healthcare providers are in demand. 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.

Key Benefits

As the Hispanic population grows exponentially across the U.S., the need for Spanish speaking healthcare providers is growing as well. Bilingual healthcare providers generally receive higher salaries, more opportunities for advancement, and better treatment outcomes.

Who Should Consider It?

Walsh University’s Spanish for Healthcare Minor provides students in science and healthcare related majors (biochemistry, biology, chemistry, nursing, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy) with the opportunity to compliment their degrees with this invaluable minor.

Required Classes (18 sem. hrs.)

Minor Requirement

Spanish 201 HC (3) Intermediate Spanish I (Offered every fall)
Spanish 202 HC (3) Intermediate Spanish II Community Health: visits to local medical, dental and wellness resources (Offered every spring)
Spanish 307 HC (4) Conversation Spanish Clinical Experience - local or international* (Offered every spring)

Spanish Electives

Choose eight hours from the following:
Nursing 358 H2b (3) Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Spanish 358 HC (1) Companion course in Spanish (Offered every fall)
Spanish 311 H3 (3) Health Care Disparities for Minority Communities: U.S. Latinos (Offered every fall)
Nursing 420RN (4) Nursing with Aggregates (Offered every semester)
Spanish 480 (1-4) Spanish Internship (Offered every semester)

*May include global learning through a one-week rotation in the Dominican Republic and/or a local city, or an out-of-state experience