Medical Interpreters bridge the communication gap between non-English speaking patients and medical personnel. As a critical member of the healthcare team, you will be trained to communicate and translate patient materials, informational brochures, and other items into an easily understood and culturally-sensitive format for patients.
The Medical Interpreter Certificate includes theory and hands-on instruction during the ten-week program. Students will learn and identify human anatomy in both languages, translate medical documents from English to Spanish, communicate common medical terminology in written and verbal formats, and understand the code of ethics and roles of a Medical Interpreter. Students will also focus on Hispanic cultural appreciation and participate in bilingual discussion, interviews, and presentations. Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, nurses or medical office staff, or those looking to develop skills may benefit from this program. The training will help prepare you for taking a National certification test. Textbooks are required at the first class meeting, available from the KSU Center Bookstore and various book retailers. Call for availability.
This 40 hour program requires students to be bilingual in Spanish and English. You must complete a Language Assessment and submit with your Application Package. Follow the links on the course page.
- Describe the responsibilities of a medical interpreter
- Define the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) code of ethics and standards of practice
- Identify the anatomy of the body in both English and Spanish
- Translate medical forms from English to Spanish
- Recite medical terminology in both Spanish and English through role play and literal translation
- Conduct a health related interview using appropriate medical vocabulary
- Recognize the unique traits of Hispanic culture through discussion and assignments
- Recognize the boundaries of professional practice by demonstrating the ability to abstain from personal involvement
- Accurately interpret and translate all spoken messages, medical forms, procedures, and symptoms in a healthcare environment
Prerequisite: High School Diploma or equivalent. Receive a 75% or higher on the Interpreter Written Skills Assessment and submit the Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and access to computer and internet are required. By registering for the class, you acknowledge that you are fluent in both Spanish and English. Should you not meet the language requirement, no refunds or transfers will be approved.
View the Application & FAQs page for the Medical Interpreter Certificate Program.
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New programs begin in spring and fall.