Spanish for Health Care Graduate Certificate

Eliminate Language Barriers with Spanish-Speaking Patients

Earn Your Certificate in Spanish for Health Care

Evidence shows that the health care outcomes for Spanish-speaking patients are much better when they work with a practitioner who speaks some Spanish.

Help your Spanish-speaking patients feel seen and heard during their health care encounter by earning your Graduate Certificate in Health Care Spanish at East Tennessee State University. 

Over the course of this program, you will learn how to speak and listen to your patients in their native language, with a specific focus on terminology and grammar used in health care settings. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of social and cultural issues related to the Hispanic population and health care.

Our program is designed with busy schedules in mind. Your first three courses are completely online with opportunities to schedule face-to-face sessions to practice your Spanish. The final course is an elective that places you in a predominantly Spanish-speaking area to enhance your skills.

This certificate can be taken by current ETSU students and working professionals. 

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See How You Can Make an Impact in the Lives of Spanish-Speaking Patients in Our Region and Beyond

Speaking Spanish makes medical professionals more competitive on the job market and of greater utility to patient populations, wherever they may be serving.

Application Requirements

Completed applications are reviewed for admission by the program as they are received.


  • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance to a Graduate program.


  • Domestic applicants: 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • International applicants: 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • See more details about GPA requirements here

Personal Statement

  • A statement about why you wish to pursue this certificate

Application Deadlines

All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadlines noted below:

Starting Semester

Deadline for Domestic Applicants

Deadline for International Applicants


August 10

May 1


January 1

October 1


May 15

February 1

Take Your Next Step

If you have any questions about this program, we’re here to help! Contact our Program Coordinator.

Katrina Heil
Katrina Heil, PhD
Associate Professor, Spanish | Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Spanish
Department of Literature and Language
354 Sherrod Library