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Spanish with Clinical Hands-On

A great necessity for physicians is the ability to communicate with their patient. Communication includes an understanding of the language and the culture. It is much easier and faster for a healthcare provider to evaluate a Spanish-speaking patient without the necessity of seeking an appropriate interpreter if they can communicate with them. This eliminates the fear of mistranslation and misinterpretation and of course, misdiagnosis. If you are a premed, medical, nursing students or in a health service area or profession, it is important to be able to understand your patients in their language and their culture. Students that attend our Medical Spanish Program do so through our Program of Medicine in the Community (PMC).

This section will guide you through the Medical Spanish Program.

1. Program Highlights

  • The ability to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking patients is an enormous advantage in day-to-day practice.
  • 40 hours of conversation combined with grammar sections.
  • Learn concepts, structure, protocol and medical vocabulary.
  • These courses target students and professionals interested in the field of medicine.

  • If you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-531-5494 or contact your UAG student advisor at

    2. Requirements

  • Spanish 101 High School transfer to College credits or College Level.
  • Copy of Transcript with Spanish 101 or equivalent.
  • 1 passport size photo (can be sent via email).
  • Copy of current valid passport
  • Flight information: Due 5 days before course start.
  • For the clinical part of the course, the school asks students to wear all white clothes

  • 3. Clinical Levels

    Level I: Pre-professional students - Patient consultation observation and medical terminology practice.

    Level II: Freshman and Sophomore in healthcare (nursing, medical, and physical therapy) work with instructor on the physical exam, questioning and preparing a patients medical history. Students also perform public health activities.

    Level III: Junior/Senior medical students and professional healthcare providers - Participation in hospitals and Red Cross Centers.

    Level IV: Electives - For more information about 4th-year medical student electives, contact our San Antonio office.

    If you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-531-5494 or contact your UAG student advisor at

    4. Academic Calendar and Credits

    Students earn college credit for completing the programs. Upon finishing your courses, you will be provided with transcripts, certificate, or letter of attendance stating the courses you completed, level, hours, and grade.

    Please address your questions about credit transfer to your instructor or advisor at your home school; course descriptions are available upon request.

    Summer 2015
    Start Date: End Date:
    May 18June 12
    June 15July 10
    July 13August 7
    August 17September 11

    5. Program Methodology

    Language Aspects

    Spanish language courses are held in the mornings in the International Language Center on the UAG main campus.


    Grammatical Structure

    Summer courses
    First two weeks of the course are Intensive Language.

    Grammatical Structure

    From 9:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

    Medical Spanish

    From 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Language Practice is from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


    • Additional side trips can be arranged through our Study Abroad Department.

    Practical Aspects


    Summer courses
    Clinical aspect for these courses is done during the 3rd and 4th week. Daily schedule is from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    If you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-531-5494 or contact your UAG student advisor at

    6. Fees and Financial responsibilities

    A $400 USD deposit is due upon registration in order to hold a spot. Balance is due before your class begins.


    Summer courses
    $1,700 USD


    The cost of the course includes:


    • Housing by local host family, the selected host family provides shared room, plus 3 meals from Monday to Friday (breakfast/lunch/dinner). Weekend meals are on your own.

    • Transportation to the practical sites.
    • 1 cultural field trip.
    • Certificate of completion


    For those of you applying to the courses held in April, May, June, July and August - your registration form and deposit need to be submitted as soon as possible since these classes fill up very quickly.


    Payments can be made through the San Antonio, TX Office. A registration form can be submitted without a deposit but you are not assured a spot in the course until your deposit is received.


    UAG Policy on Refunds for the Medical Spanish Course:



    5 Business days before 1st day of classes 100% less $100
    From 1st day of class to 5th calendar day 50% less $100
    After 5th day 0%


    For those students that attend class and are requesting a refund, a letter stating reason for withdrawal and requesting a refund will need to be submitted. No credit or certificate will issued for those attending 5 classes or less. If a student is dropped from class, he/she will not receive a refund.

    If you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-531-5494 or contact your UAG student advisor at

    If you have questions about the process for applying, feel free to contact a counselor at 1-800-531-5494 or

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