SUNY Oswego to offer online Spanish for medical professionals

OSWEGO – Building on the growth of both the needs of medical offices and online programming, SUNY Oswego in September will start a program to teach medical professionals the Spanish language and cultures as related to medical settings.

The online medical Spanish program is broken into two sections: Part I for people who know little or no Spanish, and Part II for people who know some basic Spanish.

Part I will begin Sept. 3 and run to Oct. 19. Part II will run Oct. 29 to Dec. 14. Participants can complete coursework on their own schedules, thanks to the online program format.

“Another key benefit to this online program is that people have the opportunity to work directly with the instructor,” said Dr. Kim Armani, the director of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center. “This allows medical professionals an even greater opportunity to maximize their time because they can say to the instructor, ‘Here is a typical situation I run into in the ER; how do I handle that?’ This type of one-to-one training is not provided with most online language instruction.”

The cost of each course is $475. Participants may register for both courses for $799.

Upon successful completion of each seven-week course (Part I or II), participants will earn three Continuing Education Units. A Certificate of Basic Medical Spanish Proficiency is awarded upon completing Part II.

Engracia Schuster, a Spanish professor and native Spanish speaker, will teach the courses.

To register or learn more, visit or call 315-399-4100.