Medicine and nursing

This course helps students analyze communicative situations in the practice of Nursing and teaches them how to master the corresponding communicative skills. It also will teach students how to communicate effectively with the written documents that are handled in this specific professional profile. This course’s innovative element is that it includes language immersion via the nursing professional’s hands-on work in a healthcare centre.

CIESE-Comillas believes that mastering Spanish and the cultural aspects of Hispanic society are a growing value in the world of nursing and healthcare. We believe that by understanding Hispanic societies and going deeper into its specific communications, healthcare professionals will be better able to carry out their job with Spanish speaking patients.


The course is aimed at professionals in the healthcare field and graduate or post-graduate students in these or relevant fields. The biomedical cluster team will perform an exhaustive study of the student’s professional needs in order to design an itinerary for professional immersion that suits their profile.

The staff at CIESE-Comillas will also adapt the program’s content to the student’s needs according to their language level.


This program’s main aims are:

  • To provide students the right tools to obtain effective and affective communication, proper conflict resolution and the proper management of all situations involved in treating patients.
  • To manage aspects such as non-verbal communication, the use of the environment and the importance of what is said and not said, with the aim of obtaining efficacy and a better understanding of the context.
  • To analyze conversational situations by highlighting the necessary communication skills and rhetoric as well as written documents used in medical practice.
  • To provide language immersion via a healthcare professional’s hands-on work in a healthcare centre.


Common course material: 

Healthcare in Spain and Latin America.

  • Scientific research in healthcare.
  • Healthcare culture and attitudes towards medicine. Professionals, users and patients.
  • Anatomy and physiology.
  • Disease, symptoms and life stages. General pathology.
  • Medical history, diagnostic tests and treatments. Clinical history
  • Primary care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Ethics and deontology. Patient confidentiality. Official Colleges and medical associations.

Specific course material 

  • Nursing in Spain and Latin America.
    Psychology, sociology and human relations in nursing.
    Primary care
    Specialized nursing care (I).
    Specialized nursing care (II).


The assessment will be for training purposes with the aim of controlling each student’s learning development and needs along the process. An initial diagnostic assessment will be taken to evaluate the student’s starting point and needs. Throughout the course the students will use a learning diary which will serve as an assessment and self-assessment tool. The students will perform a self-assessment and collaborative assessment of the oral and written activities.


A diploma issued by the Comillas Foundation.