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Medical Spanish Certification for Healthcare Workers: Online Test and Medical Terminology study App.

Medical Spanish Certification for healthcare workersMedical Spanish certification is intended for nurses, physicians and other healthcare workers to assess and certify their use of Spanish language with Spanish speaking patients in everyday clinical settings.

Note: This is not a medical interpreter or medical translator test. This is an assessment to certify you as a bilingual Spanish healthcare worker.

Medical Spanish certification is a 3 phase test that includes:

Phase 1: Depth and range of medical terminology in Spanish and English

Phase 2: Accuracy of listening comprehension in Spanish within everyday clinical conversations

Phase 3: Fluidity, accuracy and culturally appropriate speech directed toward a variety of mock patients presenting with common medical conditions.

Medical Spanish certification requires you to meet certain proficiency standards for working in Spanish within the healthcare context. Each standard for bilingual proficiency is made up of the following components:

  • Role The “role” goes beyond the speaker’s professional role in healthcare (physician, nurse, etc) and defines the healthcare workers communicative role while conversing with patients.
  • Cognitive Task These are the mental tasks required to facilitate communication between two people.
  • Communicative Pathway We communicate in a variety of modes and settings such as: 1:1 conversation with another individual, presenting information to groups, listening and reading for understanding, etc.
  • Competency Level When language is applied to a professional setting, the linguistic skill level of the person using the language should naturally match that of the professional who uses that language natively in that profession.

Common Ground’s proficiency standards for certification are outlined below. Each standard includes a Role, Cognitive Task, Communicative Pathway, & Competency Level:

Standard 1: Patient and Care Professional Interaction

Role: Health care professional as Facilitator
Cognitive Task: Meaning Construction
Communicative Pathway: Direct Person to Person
Competency Level: At or Above Professional

Standard 2: Skilled Presentational Ability

Role: Health care professional as Resource Person
Cognitive Task: Knowledge Sharing
Communicative Pathway: Oral Presentational
Competency Level: At or Above Professional

Standard 3: Critical Listening

Role: Health care professional as Inquirer
Cognitive Task: Information Analysis & Synthesis
Communicative Pathway: Listening for understanding
Competency Level: At or Above Professional

Standard 4: Critical Reading

Role: Health care professional as Inquirer
Cognitive Task: Information Analysis & Synthesis
Communicative Pathway: Reading for understanding
Competency Level: At or Above Professional

Standard 5: Cultural Navigation

Role: Health care professional as Mediator
Cognitive Task: Social Leadership
Communicative Pathway: All
Competency Level: At or Above Professional

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