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Health Care Interpreter Certificate

Health Care Interpreter Certificate Course

 Become a Health Care Interpreter

Health Care Interpreters facilitate understanding and communication between clinical providers such as doctors, nurses, therapists, and technicians, and patients who speak English as a second language. The need for language interpreters fluent in Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic and other languages is growing rapidly. Employment for interpreters and translators is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to increase by 46 percent by 2022.

Health Care Interpreter Training at HCC

In just a few months, you can earn a certificate in health care interpreting. Upon successful completion of this training, you will be ready for a career as a staff medical interpreter, to work as a bilingual staff member in a health care agency, and more. Funding for this program was provided by the Horizon Foundation.

The entire program consists of three courses for a total of 120 hours, taking place over five months. You will earn 10 CEUs upon completion of the course.

  • Admission Requirements

    Requirements include:

    • Bilingual or the ability to speak proficiently in another language besides English
    • A high school diploma or GED
    • At least 18 years in age
    • Some experience in interpreting preferred, but not required
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Career Opportunities
    Occupation Average Annual Salary Expected Regional Employment Demand
    Staff Medical Interpreter $31,200 - $52,000+ Increasing due to recent legislation and increased demand.
    Per Diem / Contractor Medical Interpreter $31,200 - $40,000+ ($25 - $50/hr.) Hours are not guaranteed.
    Interpreting Services Managers/Directors $52,000 - $62,400+ Small demand, since this is a management position.
    Coordinators of linguistic and cultural services $40,000 - $55,000+ Small demand; the coordinator is generally an interpreter with seniority.
    Bilingual staff in a healthcare agency Varies HCI training improves employability in a variety of medical and non-medical staff positions.

    Please note that the above salaries listed are estimates only.

  • Completion Requirements

    To earn a certificate, you must:

    • Complete Orientation to Health Care Interpreting, Interpreting, Interpreting in Health Care and Field Experience in Health Care Interpreting
    • Attend all class hours and skills/demonstration labs
    • Complete all homework assignments and pass all quizzes and exams
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Students must co-enroll in Orientation to Health Care Interpreting Training and Interpreting in Health Care classes. 

2) Interpreting in Health Care

Please note that you must register for Orientation to Health Care Interpreting (YE-800) if you enroll in this course.

This course provides training for bilingual individuals to develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective language interpretation in health care settings. Basic knowledge of common medical conditions, treatments, and procedures will be taught.

You will learn about bridging linguistic and cultural competency between clients and providers, which is a vital component in the art of interpretation. The course allows students to develop advanced skills in ethical decision making, memory development, patient advocacy, and listening ability.

By the end of the course, you will be able to analyze and contrast cultural influences on health beliefs, choose and demonstrate the appropriate interpreting role based on the communication barriers of the speaker and solve ethical dilemmas by applying the ethical decision-making process. 

This is a class that meets over a three-month period on Thu 6:30pm-9:30pm and Sat 9:30am-3:30pm. 

Tuition: $875
Thu (See Sat dates/times) Feb 15-May 19 6:30PM-9:30PM Health Sciences Building YE-801
No class on Mar 3, Mar 17, Mar 31 & Apr 7. Saturday classes meet Sat 9am-3:30pm.
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