Course Index

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COM 230 LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE: SPANISH

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

COM 230/245 LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE

COM 230        SPANISH
COM 245        SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

COM 230/245 or 252 LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTH CARE OR CROSS CULTURAL SERVICE LEARNING

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTH CARE: Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language. Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement. Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own. This course lasts over the entire semester.

CROSS CULTURAL SERVICE LEARNING: This one-credit course is designed for students who transfer in at least two credits of Spanish or Sign Language. The course will build upon the student's language skills to emphasize the importance of language and culture as they relate to access to quality healthcare in the United States. Through service-learning, the student will understand barriers faced by traditionally-underserved populations in a healthcare setting.

  • Credits: 3.0/1.0

COM 245 LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE: SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

COM 252 CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN HEALTHCARE

Students engage with concepts of culturally competent care and effective cross-cultural communication for the optimal care of patients from diverse backgrounds.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of at least three credit hours of college-level sign language or international language coursework

COM 260 INTERMEDIATE HEALTHCARE SPANISH I

This course focuses on oral and written communication skills in Spanish through acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical structures needed to communicate effectively. Each lesson provides a specific theme centered on daily life and healthcare situations and introduces grammatical structures and vocabulary in meaningful conversations and interactions. This foundational course also provides an introduction to Latin American countries and cultures, which is key to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and communities.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    COM 230

COM 262 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE BASIC SKILLS

This course presents practical communication skills needed for health professionals working with Deaf clients. Everyday communication is the centerpiece of every lesson. Topics revolve around sharing information which is vital in the healthcare industry. Grammar is introduced in context, with an emphasis on developing question and answering skills which would occur between healthcare professional and patient. Students will learn conversational strategies to help maintain a conversation with Deaf patients. Students will appreciate the diversity of deaf people and their culture. Interaction activities will allow students to rehearse what they've learned.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    COM 245

COM 265 INTERMEDIATE HEALTHCARE SPANISH II

This course focuses on oral and written communication skills in Spanish through acquisition of new vocabulary and grammatical structures that are built on competencies learned in COM 260. Each lesson provides a specific theme centered in daily life and healthcare situations and introduces grammatical structures and vocabulary in meaningful conversations and interactions. This course presents aspects of Latin American countries and cultures needed to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and communities.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    COM 260

COM 267 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE VOCABULARY

This course presents practical communication skills and conversation strategies needed for health professionals working with Deaf clients. Everyday communication is the centerpiece of every lesson; topics of study include vocabulary and detail to American Sign Language structure and grammar. Grammar is incorporated throughout the context, with an emphasis on not only developing question and answering skills, but also in gathering and sharing the kinds of insightful information that is necessary between healthcare professionals and Deaf patients. Students will study the diversity of Deaf people and their culture.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    COM 262

COM 270 HEALTHCARE SPANISH SYNTHESIS

The main objective of this course is to provide a practical application of students' conceptual knowledge of the Spanish language and culture in real-life situations. Students have the opportunity to interact with the Spanish-speaking community in different organizations. In addition, students build upon skills developed in previous courses as they learn new vocabulary and grammatical structures to increase their oral and written communication skills. This course also focuses on developing the knowledge of Latin-American countries and cultures.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    COM 265