Medical Interpreter Certificate Program

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Turn your bilingual skills into a rewarding healthcare career.

Program Overview: 

The need for Medical Interpreters is fast-growing in facilities such as hospitals, emergency rooms, private practices, mental health clinics, rehab centers and related healthcare settings. A Medical Interpreter provides a vital service for the healthcare community by bridging the gap between English-speaking physicians and non-English speaking patients and their families. This Medical Interpreter Certificate Program, offered in the classroom, provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to begin a successful career as a medical 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 medical interpreter ethics and cultural competence. 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) by applying newly acquired skills in both a seminar and clinical setting.

Who Should Enroll: 
  • Anyone seeking employment in the medical or healthcare field
  • Bilingual individuals (proficient in Spanish and English) interpreters or translators who are entering or currently employed in the medical or healthcare field  
  • Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, front office staff, receptionist, dieticians, laboratory technicians, social workers, etc. who are bilingual in English and Spanish
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Convey the role and the responsibilities of a medical interpreter
  • Practice and apply the principles and values of NCIHC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in interpreting Spanish
  • 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
  • Successfully role-play medical scenarios applying acquired interpretation skills
  • Display effective interpretation skills in a clinical setting
  • Compare and contrast cultural practices and traditional beliefs
  • 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 an advanced, mid-level or higher level of oral proficiency in English and Spanish.

Additional Information: 
Field Experience Expectations: Students are responsible for a total of 30 contact hours.

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This course is not available for college credit.

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3 months
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