Medical Interpreter Certificate Program

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Program Overview: 

The need for medical interpreters is rapidly 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 in Austin and Houston locations, provides you with the knowledge and skills you need 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: 
  • Bilingual individuals (proficient in Spanish and English) 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 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
  • 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
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 also demonstrate oral proficiency (mid-level or higher) in English and Spanish.

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Program ID: 
MIC-6001 and MIC-6003

At A Glance

Duration: 
3 months
Modality: 
In-person
Tuition: 
$1,495
Payment Options: 

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