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Butler University Bulletin

Doctor of Pharmacy with Medical Spanish Concentration

Pharmacy students may declare the medical Spanish concentration upon successful completion of RX617, Advanced Medical Spanish. Students must formally register for the concentration by adding it as a minor using the Butler University Major/Program Change Form. Successful completion of the medical Spanish concentration requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of medical Spanish course work having the RX course designator. The 12 credit hours must include an APPE rotation with a Spanish-language focus. RX617, Advanced Medical Spanish, or permission of the instructor, is a prerequisite for the APPE rotation.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the student learning outcomes for the Pharmacy Program, at the completion of the medical Spanish concentration the student will be able to: 

  • Effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking patients to elicit an accurate medical history, including relevant drug information
  • Effectively communicate in Spanish (both verbal and written) to provide requisite drug information to Spanish-speaking patients
  • Effectively incorporate his/her understanding of Hispanic/Latino cultural influences into patient care activities, including therapeutic recommendations and patient counseling activities with Hispanic/Latino patients


The following courses may be used to satisfy completion of the medical Spanish concentration:

  • RX481, Introductory Medical Spanish (3 credit hours)
  • RX482, Advanced Medical Spanish (3 credit hours)
  • RX483, Medical Spanish Service Learning (3 credit hours)
  • RX484, Spanish Language Immersion Trip (3 credit hours)
  • RX692, Indigent Care (with Spanish emphasis) rotation (4 credit hours)