Turn your bilingual skills into a rewarding career in just 5 days!
Are you fluent in both English and Spanish? Do you have an interest in healthcare?
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. In this 5-day intensive boot camp, you will learn the foundational skills and knowledge needed to begin a 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 training pre-requisite required 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.
- 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
- 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.
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/University of Georgia Certificate and receive credit for 40 hours of Medical Interpreter Education.
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This course is not available for college credit.
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