Turn your bilingual skills into a rewarding healthcare career.
The need for 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 community by facilitating communication between English-speaking physicians and non-English-speaking patients and their families. Students learn from Texas-based experienced instructors, who are leaders in the field, providing dynamic classroom learning and networking opportunities.
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 medical interpreter ethics and cultural competence. In this 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 (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.
- Demonstrate the techniques and concepts of medical interpretation
- Identify and negotiate the barriers and issues that face a medical 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 possess advance written and oral proficiency in English and another language. To be eligible to participate, students wishing to enroll in the Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program must provide documentation related to their non-English linguistic proficiency. We offer a variety of ways for you to share this information with us. Please explore our Linguistic Proficiency Policy for requirements and deadlines.
Students who do not fulfill the language proficiency requirement by the dates listed will be dropped from the course.
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.
Students can expect 2 - 4 additional hours of study in the form of lab work as a supplement to the live instruction. This work might include the following tasks: creating scripts, completing some research, mock patient/provider scenarios and interpreting practice. The exact dates and times will be determined by your fellow classmates and instructor’s availability and schedule.
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This is a Canvas-based program.