Established by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in conjunction with the School of Nursing, this program teaches students to communicate in Spanish and to be aware of the cultural and linguistic factors that play a critical role in health care. It involves courses, internships (at places like D.C.'s Latin American Montessori Bilingual Charter School), and community service. An annual mission trip abroad gives students a chance to practice their language skills in a real world setting.
Taken concurrently with nursing courses, the certificate program consists of 5 courses for 15 credits. It is available to undergraduate or graduate Catholic University students, to external applicants, and to health care professionals nationwide. Gain competence in medical Spanish to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and families. Gain exposure to cross-culture communication challenges, health beliefs and practices in a broad range of Spanish-speaking cultures.