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Spanish For Healthcare Professionals Certificate

Are you pursuing a career as a healthcare professional? Hospitals, clinics, and community health care providers are seeking employees–from administrators, nurses, to doctors–who are able to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients. Our Spanish for Healthcare Professionals Certificate will help you learn Spanish language skills specific to the health care industry. This certificate will help set you apart as you apply for positions, or promotions, within the health care industry.

Meet the Program Coordinator

Kristy Boney Dr. Kristy Boney is coordinator of the Modern Languages division in the Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages. She began teaching at UCM after directing the undergraduate German language program at the University of Kentucky.  She received a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and German from Georgia Southern University.



About the Program

Placement Exams

Students who have taken high school language courses (French, German or Spanish) may enroll beyond the Elementary I level, and may apply for Validated Credit for the class(es) skipped. A student completing Elementary II with a grade of C or higher will receive three additional credit hours at no tuition charge; a student completing Intermediate I with a grade of C or higher will receive six additional credit hours at no tuition charge.

Please note that you will NOT be able to enroll yourself in courses above the Elementary I level. If you wish to be enrolled in Elementary II or Intermediate I, please email:

In the email, please include the following:

- Your name
- Your 700#
- The name and CRN of the course you wish to enroll in
- The number of years in the language taken in high school

Not sure which class to take?

While there are some course restrictions regarding prior experience (see course descriptions), many students will have some flexibility in their decision. For further guidance on which class is right for you, the following placement exams are available:

Click here for the Spanish placement exam:

Study Abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to experience another culture directly by going abroad.

Languages and Cultures

You’ll gain a global understanding to complement any field of study.

Study Abroad Germany

Apart from linguistic and cultural proficiency, a major or minor in a language tells a potential employer that you are flexible in learning and thinking. 

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Dr. Kristy Boney
Associate Professor
203 Wood Hall
Tel: (660)543-8948


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