Medical Interpreter

Medical Interpreting Certificate
Medical interpreters are in great demand both in person and remotely by video or phone.  Interpreters can elect to work for a hospital, school, or state agency, or as contractors with many agencies throughout the country. They can also elect to work remotely from home where they can work independently and make their own hours. Open to all languages, this 60-hour program provides working knowledge of medical interpreting, including standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical terminology/vocabulary. The course provides intense practice via oral role plays on a variety of medical topics.  The student will also be introduced to VRI (video remote interpreting) and OPI (Over the Phone Interpreting).

Offered in collaboration with TransFluenci EDU, this course is designed for those preparing for entry level careers as medical interpreters as well as for working interpreters preparing for the National Board Certificate exam. Students must be fully bilingual and must be fluent in English and one other language. This program meets the National Board for Medical Interpreter Certification training requirement and prepares you to pass the national certification exam. Upon completion of this course, students may elect to apply for national certification.  For information on certification requirements and cost click on the links below. Not eligible for tuition waivers.

CCHI, Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters

National Board for the Certification of Medical Interpreters

Because a language assessment is required, students must register at least two weeks in advance. (60 Hours) $1,199

Choose from Online or In Person

02/14 – 04/27   6:00pm - 9:00pm             Tuesday/Thursday         
Online with Class Meeting Times
Course number: HLT 607 33        CRN: 20251
No Class 3/14 & 3/16   

02/4 – 05/06      9:00am – 3:30pm       Saturday            
Lowell Campus; Building, Cowan Center room 108
Course number: HLT 607 80        CRN: 20252
No Class 3/18

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ONLINE Remote Interpreting for Interpreters
Calling Interpreters of all Languages! If you speak a second language, you can work from home and make your own hours. There is a tremendous amount of work available for Remote Interpreters--both phone and video--throughout the country.  Offered in partnership with TransFluenci EDU, this 30-hour class meets twice a week for 5 weeks.  Students will learn the ins and outs of remote interpreting which includes both video and over the phone (VRI and OPI).  Students will learn how to set up their offices and computers to accept assignments from several companies who are actively searching for interpreters of all languages. The class will cover Medical and Legal Standards of Practice, ethics, HIPAA and intense practice sessions and simulations using a variety of platforms on a wide variety of topics, such as Medical Encounters, Depositions, Unemployment Hearings, Educational Hearings and Meetings such as IEP meetings, and Due Process Hearings. In addition to intense classroom simulated practice, our instructor will provide advice on best practices, how to apply for assignments, and what to expect as compensation.

Our instructor, Catherine Bermudez Sanabria, is a Certified Medical Interpreter, (CCHI) and has worked as a medical interpreter at Baystate Medical Center for 10 years. Ms. Bermudez holds an MA in Education/ESL from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. In addition to intense classroom simulated practice, Ms. Bermudez will provide advice on best practices, how to set up your home office, how to apply for assignments, and what to expect as compensation.

Pre-requisite: Students must provide a certificate of completion for a minimum of 40 hours of interpreter training or a letter from your employer confirming a minimum of 2 years’ experience in providing interpretation in any setting. Students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Please register early as a brief telephone interview will be required before acceptance into the course. (30 Hours) Not eligible for waivers.  $599

Next Session TBA  
Online with Class Meeting Times
Course Number: HLT 754 33     

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Last Modified: 11/11/22