Medical and Community Interpreting
Certificate Program


Instructor-Led Program

ZALL-021  Medical & Community Interpreting Certificate Program (54 hours)
$995 includes program manual

Spring 2014
May 28 - July 28
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fall 2014
September 17 - November 19 (No Class 10/13)
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm 


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Application Process

This program is open to all languages, but students must be able to fully comprehend and communicate in both English and at least one other language. Because a selective interview is required before acceptance, students must register at least 2 weeks in advance.

Program Description

Medical Interpreters are in great demand nationwide. In Massachusetts, where interpreters are legally mandated in acute care hospitals and behavioral health hospitals, the need for trained medical interpreters is booming. The Department of Labor Statistics says “Employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth reflects an increasingly diverse U.S. population, which is expected to require more interpreters and translators.” This 54-hour course provides a working knowledge of the various aspects of medical interpreting such as the standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, role plays, and medical vocabulary development.

This program will include:

  • Overview of the profession and professional settings

  • Sight translation

  • Consecutive and simultaneous interpreting practice

  • Role-playing

  • Note-taking techniques

  • Readings in the field

  • Exercises for building memory and concentration

  • Discussion of practices, standards, and ethics

  • Vocabulary in the medical and legal fields

  • Advice on how to find (and keep) a job as an interpreter

This program is open to all languages, but students must be able to fully comprehend and communicate in both English and at least one other language. Because a selective interview is required before acceptance, students must register at least 2 weeks in advance.

This program will prepare interpreters to work in:

  • Hospitals

  • Health clinics

  • Law offices

  • Governmental agencies

  • Insurance Companies

  • School Systems

  • And more


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