LSPA 346 - Spanish for Health Care

  • 3 credits

LSPA 346 is a course that covers specific linguistic and cultural issues necessary to function in the Hispanic health care world. There is a quickly growing need in the global community and at CSU to be trained in the world of Spanish for Health to be able to communicate with patients and health professionals in Spanish. This course will mostly cover specialized terminology and certain grammar aspects of the language which will be the tools the students need to communicate in medical situations. We will also cover cultural aspects of the Hispanic community, which are a key aspect to be able to fully understand the Spanish speaking patient. By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • Communicate appropriately in medical situations in Spanish using mainly the present and past tenses.
  • Ask Spanish-speaking patients personal questions as well as questions about their health.
  • Sustain a conversation about a specific medical problem as presented by a native speaker of Spanish in simple terms.
  • Summarize and explain information after reading articles from medical magazines and websites.
  • Analyze cultural differences regarding the medical field in the Spanish-speaking world.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring ProctorU or ProctorTrack as determined by the course faculty. The course syllabus will provide information on the approved electronic testing service. Please see for detailed instructions. For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.


LSPA 300 (Reading and Writing for Communication-Spanish).

Textbooks and Materials


  • Basic Spanish for Medical Personnel - eTextbook*, 2nd Ed.
    Jarvis, Ana and Lebredo, Raquel
    ISBN: 978-1133170020
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore

*eTextbook version is required


Esther Venable

Esther Venable was born and raised in Toledo, Spain and attended the University of Salamanca, Spain where she received two BAs (English and Art History) and completed 32 credits toward her PhD in English. She arrived at CSU in 2000 after working as a lecturer at James Madison University in Virginia for five years. At CSU, she received her MA in Spanish. Since then, she has been teaching Spanish at different levels and was the graduate student teaching supervisor for seven years. Some of her main interests are teaching art and culture in the Spanish language classroom and Spanish for the medical profession. She has taught Medical Spanish at CSU for three years now and is developing a class to target different students’ needs in the medical professional world. Medical Spanish skills are in high demand, and she believes teaching them is a needed service to the academic and professional communities in Fort Collins. By working as a medical interpreter for several years in Virginia and Colorado, she was able to witness this need first hand.