Certificate Award in Medical Interpreting

This program will begin again in Summer, 2015.

Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam

Introduction to Medical Interpreting

Advanced Medical Interpreting

This 80-hour online curriculum is designed to train interested bilingual candidates to serve as Professional Medical Interpreters. This program will address patient/provider communication, cultural awareness during an intervention, interpreter code of ethics, and the role of the interpreter in the healthcare and administrative setting. Program curriculum was developed around the necessary criteria to assure quality training and assessment based on the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care and Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters.

The online exercises will familiarize participants with medical terminology and provide scenarios that an interpreter encounters while on the job. Verbal practice with medical scenarios will help the bilingual candidate experience health care settings helping them become competent to perform the service of interpretation. During their studies, participants will have the opportunities to volunteer at hospitals and medical facilities to expose them to “real work” situations. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will have obtained the tools necessary to register for one of the accredited medical/healthcare interpreter certification exams.

After completing the program, participants will have mastered the following:

  • Interpreting techniques and skills
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • National Council on interpreting in Health Care and California Healthcare Interpreter Association standards
  • Training in cross-cultural and linguistic awareness
  • Ethics principals and confidentiality (HIPAA)
  • Skills in professional conduct for various settings
  • Preparation to work as an interpreter in any medical setting
  • Provide safe, effective and high quality interpretation
  • Over 80 hours of medical interpreting and educational training
  • Eligible to register for one the accredited medical/healthcare interpreter certification exams.

Participants must pass a written or an on-line version of the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam to test their proficiency in English and Spanish. Participants successfully completing the exam with a passing score of 70% or higher will gain entrance into the program in Summer, 2015. The entrance exam consists of 50 questions in English and Spanish.

Participants who have passed the Court Interpreting Entrance Exam, with a score of 70% or higher, are eligible to gain entrance to the Medical Interpreting program and are exempt from the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam. For further information, please contact Ms. Dolores Vezzolini at drodrig@csufresno.edu for further information.

This program consists of two required courses: Introduction to Medical Interpreting (will be offered in Summer, 2015) and Advanced Medical Interpreting (offered in Fall, 2015). Each course will have 40 hours of online instruction. Participants must complete Introduction to Medical Interpreting course with a grade of C or higher in order to be allowed to proceed to the second course. Participants who complete both courses, with an average grade of C or higher, will receive a certificate of completion.

Who Should Attend:

  • Individuals interested in interpreting
  • Independent Interpreters
  • Medical staff: Nurses, physicians, front office staff, etc. who are bilingual in English and Spanish

Admission Requirements:

You may be admitted to the program if you 1) have completed at least a high school education or its equivalent, 2) possess a high level of oral skills in Spanish and English, 3) are highly motivated, 4) posses people skills and 5) have passed the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam.

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Participants will have the opportunity to apply for an internship after they have gained valuable professional and interpreter skills from completing the Certificate Award in Medical Interpreting program. Candidates will be carefully selected based on their academic achievements and professional background.

Instructor:  Ana Meyer, CHI™, is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a double major in Spanish and Mass Communication and Journalism. She is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter and has been working as a professional interpreter for the last ten years.  She is experienced with criminal law, administrative hearings and medical interpreting. Ms. Meyer works as a staff medical interpreter and trainer at Children's Hospital Central California. She has been teaching medical interpreting for five years and legal interpreting for three years.

Job Outlook: This medical interpreting field is fast growing and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, interpreters can expect much faster than average employment growth over the next decade due to the increase in the number of foreign language speakers in the United States. Upon completion of the course students will have the skills and hours necessary to work as medical interpreter.