Graduate Certificate: Spanish for Health Professions


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Spanish for Health Professions.

About the Certificate

The online graduate certificate in Spanish for Health Professions prepares professionals in healthcare fields to engage in culturally sensitive, knowledgeable Spanish communication with the Latinx and Spanish-speaking community in healthcare settings. This exclusively online certificate offers maximum flexibility in recognition of the unique time and geographical constraints of the working professional. The coursework allows students to:

  • hone and improve their oral, aural, reading and writing skills in Spanish;
  • appreciate, recognize and comprehend the varieties of language used by the target population;
  • engage in the practice of the techniques of interpretation and translation between Spanish and English; and
  • learn to recognize their own linguistic capacities and how to harness them.

Cultural competency is developed as students examine the diversity of the Latinx population in the United States, discussing cultural norms, concerns and expectations around healthcare. Students also acquire an overview of the most prominent health issues in the community to enable them to engage with patients on these topics.

As the coursework is completed entirely in Spanish, both a theoretical and a practical grasp of the issues and the language are attained by completion of the certificate. Once completed, graduates are better able to meet the needs of a healthcare system that demands culturally competent, bilingual individuals be able to serve a diverse set of patients in a variety of healthcare settings.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years

Campus Location: Online, with virtual synchronous sessions held in the evenings to accommodate working professionals

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate is completed on a part-time basis. Students may take one course per academic term. Courses are offered in seven-week sessions with two sessions in the Fall semester and two sessions in the Spring semester. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the certificate program's administrator for more information.

Job Prospects: The certificate program is designed for those either working in the healthcare professions or with the background to do so. Completion of the certificate advances an employee’s professional training, adding value to their agency and their salary.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the graduate certificate program.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Fall: Admission is rolling. Students may begin when SPAN 5601 is offered.

Submit your application at

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree at Temple University with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Statement of Goals: In 500 to 1,000 words, outline your interest in seeking the certificate in Spanish for Health Professions.

Resume: Current resume required.

Language Requirement: All applicants must demonstrate proficiency equivalent to completion of SPAN 1003 at Temple University through the placement exam, AP credits, previous coursework, or Spanish advising placement.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

SPAN 5601Spanish for Health Professions 13
SPAN 5602Advanced Medical Spanish 13
SPAN 5603Latino Health Issues in the US3
SPAN 5604Spanish/English Interpretation Techniques for Healthcare3
Total Credit Hours12

Healthcare professionals may elect to complete the certificate through this intensive one-year schedule:

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
SPAN 5601Spanish for Health Professions13
SPAN 5602Advanced Medical Spanish23
 Term Credit Hours6
SPAN 5603Latino Health Issues in the US33
SPAN 5604Spanish/English Interpretation Techniques for Healthcare43
 Term Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours: 12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum

Culminating Event: Students must successfully pass all four courses to earn the certificate. None of these courses can be applied toward a master’s or doctoral degree in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


Certificate Program Web Address:

Admissions Information:

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

428 Mazur Hall

1114 W. Polett Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090


Mailing Address for Application Materials:

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

428 Mazur Hall (022-34)

1114 W. Polett Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090

Department Contacts:

Certificate Coordinator:

Norma Corrales-Martin, PhD

436 Mazur Hall