Intensive Spanish + Medical Spanish course

About the course

The course consists of an intensive group Spanish course (20 hours per week) plus 10 hours per week of private (1:1 or 2:1) medical Spanish classes.

Designed for medical practitioners (doctors, nurses, care-workers, etc.) who need to use Spanish in their workplace, the course focuses on improving your linguistic competency in a wide range of health care contexts and situations.

The programme includes an optional visit to a Health Center, or encounters with Spanish speaking doctors or nurses.

Minimum age: 18

Sample programmes

Below are examples of a typical study programme for intermediate and advanced level students:

Intermediate level

Students at this level will achieve a basic competency in Spanish that will allow them to communicate successfully in most health situations at primary assistance level.

Students learn to

  • receive, orientate and inform a patient or visitor
  • participate in a basic discussion within the health aid activity
  • establish and confirm an appointment or interview
  • take notes of a telephone conversation or an interview with a patient
  • understand straightforward professional explanations or instructions
  • make and maintain telephone contacts, etc.

Other topics covered may include:

  • the elaboration and understanding of health documents and health administration systems
  • understanding patients medical history and admission details
  • understanding basic medical texts
  • writing notes and messages, completing questionnaires or forms
  • knowing how to explain a blood analysis, etc.

The organisation of different health systems may also be covered.

Advanced level

At this level students develop an increasingly accurate use of Spanish, develop their oral fluency and improve their pronunciation.

Students will be learn to:

  • understand and expand oral and written messages from almost any register in a health care context
  • communicate with patients directly, or by telephone
  • discuss and debate subjects of interest such as current healthcare policies
  • look up, order or transfer information and data
  • reply to complaints
  • comprehend and compile hospital documents (diagnostic samples, surgery plans etc.)

Subjects may include clinics and hospitals, internal medicine, diagnosis and treatment, surgery, the operating theatre, pre-operative and post-operative care, etc., as well as the organisation of different health systems

Other levels

If neither of the above are your level, however, we can also offer you a tailor-made programme to suit your level and needs.

Dates, prices and booking

Start dates

Any Monday throughout the year (except holidays)


2 hours/day (10 hours/week)

For one-to-one medical Spanish, add $300/wk per week to the price of your intensive Spanish course

For two students with the same level who want to study together, add $175/wk/person

Also available

Optional visits to a healthcare centre and contact with Spanish speaking doctors or nurses.

See also

Add to your course

Combine your intensive Spanish course with one of a range of add-ons to cater for your needs and interests and (why not?) to make Playa del Carmen a real fun holiday

Scuba diving

Alojamiento en ih Riviera Maya

Also an option to go with your Spanish course: scuba diving, for which the Riviera Maya is wonderful. Beginner and Advanced diving courses available.

All our courses in Playa

We also have English courses, including Cambridge exam preparation, and courses for both English and Spanish teachers | See full course list

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Spanish courses with the International House VIVA Group, at our centres in Spain as well as in Latin America

IH Riviera Maya

IH Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen Lote 8, Calle Catorce Norte, No 171; Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo; CP 77710 Mexico

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