¿Eres bilingüe? Turn your bilingual skills into a rewarding healthcare career.
The need for healthcare interpreters is rapidly growing in facilities such as hospitals, emergency rooms, private practices, mental health clinics, rehab centers and related healthcare settings. A healthcare interpreter provides a vital service for the healthcare community by facilitating communication between English-speaking physicians and non-English speaking patients and their families. This Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful 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. In this 11 week course consisting of both a classroom and online component, you will satisfy the minimum 40-hour education requirement by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board for Certified Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).
- Bilingual individuals (proficient written and verbal language skills in English and another language) seeking employment in healthcare. Note: the upcoming Austin class is only for those who are bilingual in Spanish and English.
- Any healthcare professional frequently called upon to interpret, but without a professional credential.
- Medical office supervisors who manage medical interpreter staff.
- Understand the role and the responsibilities of a healthcare interpreter
- Practice and apply the principles and values of NCIHC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to 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 a 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.
This program requires classroom attendance one night a week and additional online work outside of class, so access to an Internet connection at home is necessary. In addition, students must provide their own recording device in order to complete verbal assignments in class and at home.
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