Health Care Interpreter Certificate
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.
- 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
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.
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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Enroll in Courses for the Current Term:
Students must co-enroll in Orientation to Health Care Interpreting Training and Interpreting in Health Care classes. For more information and to register, call 443-518-3214 or email HCIT@howardcc.edu
Orientation to Health Care Interpreting Training (4 hours) (Course XM-108)
Interpreting in Health Care (100 hours) (Course XM-113)
Field Experience in Health Care Interpreting (20 hours) (Course XM-111)