FHSU to offer Spanish for Health Care Professionals during spring semester
11/09/2005

The Department of Modern Languages at Fort Hays State University has announced a semester-long Spanish course specifically designed for health care professionals. This course is intended to provide participants the basic skills necessary to meet the health care needs of the growing Hispanic community in western Kansas.

FHSU will offer "Spanish for Health Care Professionals" on Monday nights from 6 to 8:50 p.m., Jan. 23 to May 5. The class will meet on the FHSU campus and is limited to 15 participants. This course will also be offered at Dodge City Community College and Garden City Community College through Internet protocol television (IPTV), enabling the instructor in Hays to interact with students from those two remote sites. This course may be taken as a credit-bearing course, offering three hours of undergraduate credit, or as a non-credit class.

Students will study the basic Spanish language skills necessary to interview, assess and manage patients in a clinical setting, covering topics such as maternity, pediatrics, chronic diseases, drug and alcohol addiction and dental concerns by using a Spanish textbook specific to health care and a variety of Internet resources. Students will also study the vocabulary and phrases necessary to explain tests and procedures, the emergency room and hospital forms.

Another important focus of this class is discussion of the cultural considerations and barriers that often make communication and treatment more difficult for members of the Hispanic community.

Current students interested in registering for the course should contact their academic advisors, but new or non-degree students can apply online at http://secure.fhsu.edu/vcenroll.

For more information, contact Keith Woodall, instructor of modern languages, at (785) 628-4244 or e-mail kwoodall@fhsu.edu.


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