Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program (All Languages) 5-Day Boot Camp

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Turn your bilingual skills into a rewarding healthcare career.

Program Overview: 

The need for healthcare interpreters is fast-growing in facilities such as hospitals, emergency rooms, private practices, mental health clinics, rehab
centers and related healthcare settings. In this 5-day intensive boot camp, you will learn the foundational skills and knowledge needed to begin a career as a healthcare interpreter.

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 emphasizes the development of medical terminology, the real-life practical application of skills and the acquisition of healthcare interpreter ethics and cultural competence. You will satisfy the minimum 40-hour training pre-requisite required by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board for Certified Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) by applying newly acquired skills in both a seminar and clinical setting.


What is a Boot Camp?

Designed for students who are unable to complete the semester program, the boot camp format enables you to complete the required coursework in one week (Monday through Friday) during the summer. Since the national certifying bodies for healthcare interpreters require 40 hours of rigorous coursework in order to take the oral and written certification exams, a strict schedule will be maintained during the boot camp:

  • Morning session: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon session: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Daily attendance is required since 40 hours of coursework is mandated. 

The boot camp fulfills the minimum number of hours required by the national certifying bodies, with all coursework completed within the eight-hour per day class periods. Minimal assignments are given outside the classroom.

Who Should Enroll: 
  • Bilingual individuals (highly proficient written and verbal language skills in English and another language) seeking employment in healthcare
  • Any healthcare professional frequently called upon to interpret, but without a professional credential 
  • Medical office supervisors who manage medical interpreter staff
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a healthcare interpreter
  • Practice and apply the principles and values of NCIHC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in interpreting
  • Demonstrate the techniques and concepts of healthcare interpretation
  • Identify and negotiate the barriers and issues that face a healthcare interpreter
  • Incorporate the correct and appropriate medical terminology to accurately interpret
  • Acquire and produce professional interpreting techniques
  • Display effective interpretation skills in a clinical setting
  • Compare and contrast cultural practices and traditional beliefs
  • Learn to communicate in a manner that is compatible with cultural beliefs, practices and preferred language
  • Become reflective practitioners, using reflection to improve over time

The minimum requirement for this program is High School Diploma. A High School or GED diploma are acceptable proofs of general education.

Students must also demonstrate oral proficiency (mid-level or higher) in English and another language.

Additional Information: 

Students must complete the full program, meet attendance requirements and score a 70% or better on the accumulated pre- and post-assesments to earn The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Professional Education Certificate and receive credit for 40 hours of Healthcare Interpreter Education.

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This is a Canvas-based program.

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5 days
$1,595; Early Bird discount ($150) available until 6/22/2019
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