Medical  Interpreting Certificate Program


Instructor-Led Program

ZALL-021  Medical & Community Interpreting Certificate Program (54 hours)
$1,070 includes program manual and Laboratory fees
March 17 - May14, 2015, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00pm -9:00pm


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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 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, 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