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The Certificate

The Spanish for Health Care and Human Services Certificate aims at developing students’ linguistic proficiency and cultural competency in Spanish so that they can operate professionally in a medical and human services setting with native speakers of the language.  The courses in the certificate are designed to familiarize students with the intricacies of the language (especially false cognates) to make them effective translators and interpreters. The projects for all their certificate courses will be focused on a comprehensive understanding of health care and human services, including topics as diverse as the analysis of preventive campaigns, historical representations of different diseases or debates on race and ethnicity.  The objectives of this multi-pronged approach are to endow students with the capacity to overcome linguistic barriers and gain an understanding of cultural competency that would allow for building patient-practitioner relationship.

Program Enrollment/Application:

Current RCNJ students in Good Academic Standing are automatically eligible for the Spanish for Health Care and Human Services Certificate, and should use the Major/Minor Declaration Form available through the Registrar’s Office to enroll in this program.

Non-Ramapo students are welcome to apply to this program as a Non-Degree Seeking Student through Ramapo’s Office of Admissions.

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• Improve your professional communication skills with native Spanish speakers. Spanish speakers are one of the largest and fastest growing populations in the U.S.

• Be prepared to take the Bilingual Communicative Ability Test (BICAT) administered by the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission.

Tuition and Fees or costs

Tuition and Fees

Normal undergraduate tuition and tuition related fees apply to all academic courses (Tuition Information) for undergraduate students. In addition, all relevant non-tuition related charges (e.g., parking fees, dishonored check fees, etc.) apply. Please, contact Office of Student Accounts for payment information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Certificate Curriculum


For coursework content information and registration advising, contact:

Associate Professor of Spanish, Natalia Santamaria Laorden, at 201.684.7426 or

For additional application information, contact:

Office of Admissions
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Phone: (201) 684-7300
Fax: (201) 684-7964

For payment information, contact the Office of Student Accounts.