Interpreting in Health and Human Services

InterpreterNew orientations will be December 12 , 2017 at 10:00AM and 6:00Pm in room 16 of the West Campus.

If you are fluent in English and Spanish, if you like to help people, if you are interested in working in the health and/or human services field, and if you are looking to add a skill to your resume, then the Certificate in Health and Human Services may be right for you!

One of the fastest-growing needs of the health community is for qualified and professionally trained interpreters.  Interpreters must have a strong understanding and grasp of medical terminology and common words for those terms in both languages as well as cultural understanding of the Hispanic and American Culture.

Average Salary Range is $9-12 per hour for entry level positions with potential to earn more with experience and continuous training.

 

The Program

The Interpreting Program offers a certificate of completion. To obtain the certificate, the student needs to complete 243 hours (five classes) with 80% or more and a 45-hour practicum in one of our partner healthcare facilities. Classes can be taken face-to-face or online and are offered Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters!


National Standards and Ethical Practices for Interpreters: Are you interested in learning more about the principles and standards for professional interpretation as established by the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare? In this course, you will explore cultural awareness as it applies to Interpreting in Health and Human Services.  This course is not language specific, all languages are welcome.

Date Day Location Start To End Time Instructor Cost Course Number Parking Req.
08/14 To 09/11/2017 M & W West Campus 6:00 PM To 9:00 PM J. Themido $75.00 117143 Yes

Also offered online


Spanish/English Advanced Grammar for Interpreters and Translators: This course prepares students to improve their written proficiency in Spanish and English in order to function at the highest possible level as a professional interpreter and translator. The course will expand the student’s knowledge in those two language skill areas before taking the Case Studies Translator Lab class. This is a pass/fail class.NOTE: This class is mandatory for all students enrolled in the Interpreting in Health and Human Services Program.

Date Day Location Start To End Time Instructor Cost Course Number Parking Req.
05/16 To 08/17/2017 M & W West Campus 6:00 PM To  9:00 PM R. Alonso  $75.00 113531  Yes

Also offered online


Spanish/ English Medical Terminology: This course is an introduction to the principles of medical terminology for interpreters and translators in the medical field. It teaches the meaning and pronunciation of specific medical terms and the study of the body systems in both languages.

Date Day Location Start To End Time Instructor Cost Course Number Parking Req.
08/29 To 12/05/2017 T & Th West Campus 6:00 PM To 9:00 PM P. Humes $185.00 117116 Yes

Also offered online


English/Spanish Advanced Grammar for Interpreters and Translators: This course prepares you to improve their written proficiency in Spanish and English in order to function at the highest possible level as a professional interpreter and translator. The course would expand your knowledge in those two language skill areas before taking Case Studies Translator lab class.

Note: This class is mandatory for all students enrolled in the Interpreting in Health and Human Services Program.

Date Day Location Start To End Time Instructor Cost Course Number Parking Req.
09/18 To 10/25/2017 M & W West Campus 6:00 PM To 9:00 PM R. Alonso $130.00 117114 Yes

Also offered online


Case Studies Translator Lab: In this lab, you will translate medical case studies from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. This lab consists of computer-based training and is designed to develop and improve grammar, reading and writing skills in both languages.

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in/or have completed Spanish/English Medical Terminology and National Standards and Ethical Practices for Interpreters to take this course.

Date Day Location Start To End Time Instructor Cost Course Number Parking Req.
11/1 To 12/13/2017 M & W West Campus 6:00 PM To 9:00 PM R. Alonso $130.00 117119 Yes

Also offered online


Case Studies Interpreter Lab and Professional Skills: In this lab, you will interpret medical case studies from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. This lab consists of computer-based training and is designed to improve consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skills. This class emphasizes listening and oral skills in both languages.  This course is also designed to build practical skills and job seeking tools.

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in/or have completed Spanish/English Medical Terminology and National Standards and Ethical Practices for Interpreters to take this course.

Date Day Location Start To End Time Instructors Cost Course Number Parking Req.
08/21 To 10/18/2017 M & W West Campus 6:00 PM To 9:00 PM P. Ayivon and L. Owens $130.00 117107 Yes

Also offered online


  • Practicum: Once students successfully complete all four classes, the student will be assigned a practicum location. In order to pass this class, the student must do a forty-five hour practicum in which ten of those hours are shadowing professional interpreters and the rest, thirty-five hours are actually interpreting. Placement is dependent upon the student’s availability as well as open positions at the facility.

 

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or HSED
  • Spanish/English Bilingually literate individuals
  • Must attend orientation to register
  • Take the English and Spanish Standardized Test (TABE)
  • Basic Computer Skills

For more information please call 336.734.7023