The Medical Interpreter Certificate program is designed to prepare students to enable accurate cross-cultural communications from one language to another in healthcare contexts. "Interpreters strive to render the message accurately, conveying the content and spirit of the original message taking into consideration the cultural context" (National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare Inc., 2005). Fluency in English and one or more target languages such as Portuguese or Spanish as well as sensitivity to the people and cultures associated with the target language are required.
This 16 credit program prepares graduates for Medical Interpreter positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Program standards reference the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare (NCIHC, www.ncihc.org) and the Certification Commission for Health Interpreters (CCHI, www.healthcareinterpretercertification.org/).
See also: Medical Interpreter certificate overview
Attendance at an information session is required for all applicants to the Medical Interpreter program. An Admissions Counselor and the Program Coordinator will share up-to-date information about the Medical Interpreter Program and answer questions regarding admissions, the curriculum, and support services.
After acceptance applicants will be required to:
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For questions regarding admission to the Medical Interpreter program, please contact the Office of Admissions: