Are you seeking a gratifying job that allows you to feel the immediate positive impact of your work? A healthcare interpreter provides a vital service for the community by facilitating communication between English-speaking medical professionals and non-English-speaking patients and their families. And the need for interpreters is growing rapidly in facilities such as hospitals, emergency rooms, private practices, mental health clinics, rehab centers and related healthcare settings.
Based on the national standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) Code of Ethics, this program is taught by Texas-based experienced instructors, who are leaders in the field and provide dynamic learning and networking opportunities. As a student in the program, you will learn the techniques and critical concepts/theory behind healthcare interpreting, acquire professional interpreting techniques, practice and apply medical interpreter ethics and cultural competence, practice delivering interpreter pre-sessions in a succinct and professional manner, explore strategies for utilizing self-reflection and self-assessment to continually improve as a professional in your field, and review correct and appropriate medical terminology.
In this rigorous online course consisting of both instructor-led and self-paced components, you will satisfy the 40-hour education requirement (a component of the certification process) set by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board for Certified Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). After the completion of the education program, you are encouraged to independently study healthcare interpreter concepts and vocabulary while continuing to improve language proficiency prior to sitting for the certification exam.