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English Readiness for Allied Health (for Spanish Speakers)

Don’t let your language skills keep you from a healthcare career. Speaking more than one language is a plus when providing care to diverse communities. Futuro Health offers English Readiness courses designed to prepare you for a career in allied health.

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Don’t let your language skills keep you from a healthcare career. Speaking more than one language is a plus when providing care to diverse communities. Futuro Health offers English Readiness courses designed to prepare you for a career in allied health.


In California, there is a huge need for more Spanish-speaking healthcare workers to care for our diverse population. But to become a Medical Assistant, aspiring caregivers need to be able to communicate clearly and accurately with co-workers and patients in English. This course is designed to improve the English language skills of Spanish speakers who:

  • can communicate for simple tasks but may make mistakes or struggle to maintain a conversation AND/OR
  • those who can hold a conversation about familiar topics but don’t have the vocabulary appropriate for a healthcare setting.

This course will provide learners with the relevant English vocabulary and practice needed to be successful in future healthcare programs and their career. After completing the course, students may be eligible for the Jump Start for Medical Assistant courses and the Medical Assistant Program.


  • Personalized course content offers up-to-date, real-world lessons.
  • Study whenever you can with short lessons, or on-the-go with the mobile app.
  • Improve your speaking with a teacher and learners from around the world.
  • Frequent assessments mean your content is suited specifically for your level.
  • A personalized learning experience tailored to your interests and personal goals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of allied healthcare workers such as Medical Assistants.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the healthcare field by watching healthcare professionals in a range of daily tasks and responsibilities.
  • Understand the day-in-the-life of a healthcare worker by listening to conversations between workers and patients.
  • Enhance your English fluency.

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to Allied Health Care
  • Scheduling and Billing
  • Medical History
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Examination Procedures
  • Medical Charts
  • Diagnosis and Treatments
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Radiology
  • Social Work and Mental Health
  • Legal and Ethical Standards
  • Safety and Infection Control

“Monolingual Spanish-speaking patients, especially elders, are often hesitant to freely express their concerns during medical visits. Through this program at Futuro Health, we can build and strengthen the English language skills that Latinx healthcare workers need to provide empathy and care for patients navigating the English-speaking healthcare environment,” said Hortencia Armendariz, board member for Futuro Health and leader of the Healthcare Justice Division of SEIU-UHW.

“Because of our commitment to fully serve our diverse client base, we have a great need for good vocational English programming, and we’re delighted to find Futuro Health already partnered with the same provider we would have chosen,” said Blake Konczcal, executive director of the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board. “In many instances, industry-driven vocational training is de facto inaccessible to many clients because such offerings are not coordinated with appropriate Vocational English as a Second Language Program classes.”

“The pandemic has shed light on health disparities,” explained Executive Vice President, UNITE-LA, Alma Salazar. “Part of the solution is to have those who live locally serve their community. This training is an example of how to open up access for more to consider healthcare roles.”

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Futuro Health believes that investing in education, skills training, and retraining results in better paying jobs for workers,
better care for patients, and better workers for employers to hire.
The health care field provides many opportunities for people interested in helping others.
Whether you would like to work directly with patients or work behind the scenes,
there are many different entry level roles available and a lot of growth ahead.
Futuro Health wants to help you take your first (or next) step in the world of healthcare.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact for profile support?

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How do I delete my Futuro Health profile?

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Can I update my survey and assessment responses?

Candidates are allowed to update their survey and responses if necessary. We encourage students to select the responses that truly depict their current skill level and background on the first attempt. However, we understand that circumstances may change calling for the survey(s) to be updated.

Candidates can view and update their survey responses by selecting the “Skills & Assessments” option on the portal home page.

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How do I update my email address?

There are two ways to update your email address in the Futuro Health portal. Begin by selecting the “My profile” icon in the upper right-hand corner. On this page you can select “Verify E-mail” or “Update Profile Information”. On each page you will see an option to update your email address. Once you have entered your desired email you will select “Update E-mail Address”.

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Can I update my profile information?

Profile information such as your name, address, and phone number can be updated in the Futuro Health portal by selecting the “My profile” icon in the upper right-hand corner.


I have questions about a program or the enrollment process. Who do I contact?

If you have questions about a program or the enrollment process, please contact

What is the student cost for the English Readiness for Allied Health course?

You have the option to join SEIU-UHW’s Healthcare Justice Division to receive added benefits. There is a $20 per month fee if interested, waived for current SEIU-UHW members. Please note that there are additional costs associated with this courses that are waived for the year 2021. For more details visit our FAQ page and select the “Cost” tab.

Is the English Readiness for Allied Health course online or in-person?

The English Readiness for Allied Health course is 100% online.

Am I required to take the prerequisite English for Allied Health course?

Candidate must complete evaluation of language skills when developing their student profile. There are no academic prerequisites required

When do I take the prerequisite English for Allied Health course?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, these courses will be offered to you before you enroll in any of the Futuro Health Allied Health programs.

How long will it take for me to complete the English Readiness course?

This is a self-paced course that can take between three and six months to complete.

Will I need a computer and internet access to take the program?

Yes, all students will need regular access to a computer and high-speed internet. Your computer will need at least a 2GHz processor or faster, 4 GB RAM or more, built-in or external speakers, USB 2.0 port or adaptor, a webcam supported operating system, Windows 7 or higher, or MacOS Sierra 10.12 or higher.

Will I have support during the English Readiness program?

Futuro Health has success coaches available to guide you along your educational journey. Learn More.