Beginning MMS: Beginning Medical Spanish Course Online

Beginning MMS: Beginning Medical Spanish Course Online

Mastering Medical Spanish Course
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This Beginning online Medical Spanish course helps you gain an initial functioning level of Medical Spanish that allows you to begin connecting with your patients and puts you on the path to working with them responsibly in Spanish.

Specifically, here are the lessons included in this beginning online medical Spanish course:

  1. Meeting and greeting your patients
  2. Understanding patient symptoms in Spanish
  3. Present tense verbs in Spanish
  4. Anatomy in Spanish
  5. Patient medical history in Spanish
  6. Pain & injuries in Spanish
  7. Commands in Spanish
  8. Conducting physical exams in Spanish
  9. Describing tests and procedures in Spanish
  10. Giving medication instructions in Spanish
  11. Discussing next steps for care in Spanish

Additional Course Details

  • Class instruction is given in 50:50 Spanish:English and students are encouraged to participate as much as possible in Spanish. 
  • Each class session will include a combination of new learning, and lots of practice! The best way to approach it is to be relaxed and not care about making mistakes with the language. So, be ready to relax, experiment, and LEARN SPANISH!
  • Every week, a new lesson will open up for you to watch the instructional videos, take notes, and build your Spanish vocabulary. You will have several days to watch the video lessons and learn the related vocabulary & grammar concepts.
  • Once a week, you will meet online with your classmates for a live practice session on the Zoom video conferencing platform. Your instructor will email you weekly with login details for our live online practice sessions via Zoom.
  • You can use any device you like to login to the zoom practice sessions (computer, tablet, mobile phone). Whichever device you choose to use should be equipped with a video camera and earphones/microphones for reducing background noise on the conference. Get Zoom setup on your device.

Tips for success in this course:

  1. Language learning is both academic and experiential. You will need to memorize new vocabulary, think about how it pulls together to form a complete thought, and PRACTICE!
  2. Study little by little throughout the week in between practice sessions. Don’t try and cram the information the day or morning before your scheduled practice session. Do your best to complete the lesson content at latest 2 days before your practice session and review your notes the day before your practice session.
  3. Download & Print the lesson notes & actually take notes on them during the lesson videos. The more you physically write this content out, the easier it is to learn it.
  4. Give special attention to the vocabulary delivered throughout this course. Study it Span>Eng & Eng>Span before you move on. Use quizlet or write your own flashcards out.
  5. ALWAYS attend the live practice sessions whether you finished the lesson or not. Academic knowledge of a language is pretty useless if you’ve never taken the time to practice it.
  6. Study for your quizzes like any other test you would take – that will allow you to focus on the actual questions and tasks to complete during the quiz instead of being distracted by not knowing certain vocabulary, etc.

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21 thoughts on “Beginning MMS: Beginning Medical Spanish Course Online”

    1. Alexandra MacPhee

      Hi Erica, yes this is Beginner level course starting from the fundamentals of Spanish. I’m the teacher who usually gives this course and I can tell you, many students have very little Spanish just like you when they start. The important thing is to get started and take the leap into the Spanish language. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  1. Good morning,

    Is this course based in Latin American or South Spanish or European Spanish? In the US, the dialects spoken are more SA or LA and European isn’t as beneficial. I’m PA student, it’s becoming more and more apparent that in order to be a better caregiver learning Spanish is very necessary. I want it to be locationally relevant in dialect, though.

    Thank you for your time and assistance.

    1. Alexandra MacPhee

      Hi Erin! Thanks for your question. I’m one of the teachers at CGI. We focus on Latin American Spanish which is as you stated more widely spoken in the US. Most of our students are just like you working in the health care system in the US, which is why we focus on the Latin American dialect. Let us know if you need any more information about the course!

      1. Hi, Alexandra!

        Oh, how excellent! That is just what I wanted to know. Once I’m done with my Clinical Rotation year, this is next on my list.

        Are there online sessions for immersion/practice time?

        Thank you for your time and assistance.


        1. Alexandra MacPhee

          Hi Erin! Yes, every MMS course has 10 live sessions via Zoom in groups based on level (1 per week in the AM or PM for each level) as well as asynchronous learning which involves video lessons, flashcards, homework, notes, interactive forums, & other bonus items included in the course. We also encourage students in the live sessions to find a conversation partner to continue practicing throughout the week. You really become part of a community with CGI!

  2. Kimberly Hurley

    I think I confused the time zones tonight. I logged in for class at 7pm in AZ and I kept getting message “waiting for host to start meeting”
    I thought AZ was mountain time, but must have been mistaken and class was already over at 7pm AZ time?
    I’ll look for replay on line. thanks

  3. John etcheverry

    hi- I’m a bit overwhelmed at preparing for each class. the classes are listed as LM1, LM2,etc..while the lessons above are not necessarily following the weekly live class?
    Do I need to complete all the lessons above PRIOR to the weekly class?
    I’m trying to prepare and organize my study preparation to optimal, so any suggestions would be helpful.

    1. Stephanie Beltrán

      Hi Bethany, 👋🏼 We have two options where you can attend during the am or pm sessions. (10am and 7pm MST)

        1. Stephanie Beltrán

          Hi Bethany! Yes, MMS is accredited for CE through the California State Board of Nursing and for CME through the American Academy of Family Physicians. 😊

  4. I am interested in this course. I am a nurse and I have a constantly changing schedule – what if I miss the live interactions because I am at work? Thanks

    1. Hey Robin, we’d love to have you join us in this course! Two things if you can’t make it to the live sessions: 1. we always record them and post them for you to review later. 2. You also have conversation practice partner to work through the topics with. We help you match. Ideally you two would meet at least 1x/week at a time that works great for both of you to practice together.

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