Removing the barriers to adequate healthcare

At Quinnipiac University, we believe that effective communication between patients and healthcare workers is an essential human right. This undergraduate certificate seeks to equip students studying to become healthcare professionals — including doctors, nurses and physician assistants — with the advanced medical terminology and cultural awareness they need to practice inclusive care and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

Completed as a series of two 7-week courses, delivered online and asynchronously, this undergraduate certificate will prepare the next cohort of bilingual healthcare workers to serve as valuable assets to their interdisciplinary teams through intensive listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. Designed to be comprehensive but manageable for students in rigorous majors, both courses will focus on patient-centric conversations from making appointments to taking vital signs, describing pain and symptoms, obtaining pre-operatory authorizations and communicating with family members in urgent and acute care environments.