Medical Interpreting Certificate Program

Instructor-Led Program

ZALL-021  Medical Interpreting Certificate Program (Instructor-led) (60 hours)
$1,070 includes program manual and Laboratory fees


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Program Description

If you’re bilingual, have good speaking and listening skills, and enjoy working with people, you may have a future as a medical interpreter. Medical interpreters are in great demand nationwide, including here in Massachusetts where interpreters are legally required in acute care hospitals and behavioral health facilities. The Department of Labor Statistics reports “Employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

This 60-hour course provides a working knowledge of the various aspects of medical interpreting such as the standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical vocabulary development. Students will also have the opportunity to perform role-plays via Skype with individual language coach/facilitators. Each student receives three role-play sessions as part of the course, but can opt to continue working with the language coach upon completion of the course. An experienced medical interpreter working in the field teaches this course.

*The lab fee includes three Skype role-play sessions with a language coach/facilitator.

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

Suggested Enrollment Process

To Enroll Online:

  1.  Click: ‘On Line Registration’ on the left side of this webpage.

  2. Click on Search and Register for Workforce Development Classes

  3. Type in ‘Medical Int’ and hit 'Submit"

  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates

  5. Enter in your personal and credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you. It should have the Building and Classroom for the course.

    • If it does not, check with our office at 755 4225 a few weeks prior to the class to confirm the room numbers.

To Enroll in Person:

Go to STCC Building 16, Garvey Hall Room 131 to register for the course or call 755 4225



STCC's Authorized Testing Center

STCC's Authorized Testing Center is an Authorized Testing Center for the CCHI CoreCHI Certification
through our partnership with Comira Testing.

This would be an option for those students who want to take the next step.  You are encouraged to discuss this option with your instructor