Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program (All Spoken Languages)

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Turn your bilingual skills into a rewarding healthcare career.

Program Overview: 

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. 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.

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 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.

Who Should Enroll: 
  • Practicing interpreters seeking national certification
  • Highly bilingual individuals seeking employment in healthcare and a job that allows them to feel the immediate positive impact of their work
  • Any healthcare professional frequently called upon to interpret
  • Medical professionals who manage healthcare interpreters
Learning Outcomes: 

Course graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the roles and concepts critical to professional healthcare interpreters
  • Understand, incorporate and follow ethical guidelines and standards of practice in the profession
  • Perform professional interpreting techniques. Display effective interpretation skills in a clinical setting
  • Incorporate the correct and appropriate medical terminology to accurately interpret
  • Identify and overcome the barriers and issues that face a healthcare interpreter in the workplace, learning to advocate for the importance of interpreters in a professional manner
  • Compare and contrast cultural practices and traditional beliefs
  • Identify self-bias and take appropriate measures to overcome it and interpret in an unbiased manner
Prerequisites: 

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 advanced written and oral proficiency in English and another spoken language. To be eligible to participate, students wishing to enroll in the Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program must provide documentation related to their English and 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.

Additional Information: 

The COVID-19 pandemic is emphasizing the importance of and demand for interpretation services in medical settings and emergency situations. To help fill this need, we are offering a $200 discount on our Healthcare Interpreter Certificate program for healthcare workers and first-responders. Email techealth@austin.utexas.edu to request discount code.

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.

Discounts: 

Interested students may be eligible to apply for the Road to Success Scholarship, which could cover up to 80% of this program's tuition.

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Program ID: 
MIC-6001 and MIC-6003

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At A Glance

Duration: 
7 weeks
Modality: 
Online Instructor-Led
Tuition: 
Regular rate: $1,495
Payment Options: 

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