Interpreting in Health and Human Services

InterpreterNew orientations will be Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:00AM and 6:00PM in room 36 of the West Campus

Occupational Description

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.

The Program

The Interpreting Program offers a certificate of completion. To obtain the certificate, the student needs to complete 269 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.

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.

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 lab class.

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.

*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.

*Students may qualify for financial assistant.

Career Available

Careers are available in a Doctor’s Office, Small Clinics or Hospitals.

Entry Level Salary

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

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
  • Students are required to complete this program in one year

Additional Information

Interpreting in Health and Human Services Program Technical Standards

Course Schedule and Estimated Cost

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.

Dates Days Times Location Cost Units Course Code Parking Required
02/11/2020 - 05/28/2020
02/15/2020 - 05/23/2020
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Sat
06:00PM - 09:00PM
09:00AM - 05:00PM
N/A
GIFT Gifted Hands Academy LAB
$190.00 30.00 138477 No
03/10/2020 - 06/25/2020
03/14/2020 - 06/20/2020
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Sat
06:00PM - 09:00PM
09:00AM - 05:00PM
GIFT Gifted Hands Academy 100
GIFT Gifted Hands Academy 100
$190.00 30.00 138479 No
05/18/2020 - 05/20/2020
05/27/2020 - 06/10/2020
06/15/2020 - 06/15/2020
Mon, Wed
Mon, Wed
Mon
06:00PM - 09:00PM
06:00PM - 09:00PM
06:00PM - 09:00PM
N/A
N/A
N/A
$80.00 2.40 138311 No


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.

Dates Days Times Location Cost Units Course Code Parking Required
01/28/2020 - 04/30/2020
Tue, Thu
06:00PM - 09:00PM
West Campus 23
$190.00 8.10 134033 Yes
05/19/2020 - 08/11/2020
08/18/2020 - 08/20/2020
Tue, Thu
Tue, Thu
06:00PM - 09:00PM
06:00PM - 09:00PM
N/A
N/A
$190.00 8.10 138318 No


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.

Dates Days Times Location Cost Units Course Code Parking Required
02/17/2020 - 03/25/2020
Mon, Wed
06:00PM - 09:00PM
West Campus 3
$135.00 3.60 133870 Yes
06/22/2020 - 07/29/2020
Mon, Wed
06:00PM - 09:00PM
N/A
$135.00 3.60 138320 No


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.

Dates Days Times Location Cost Units Course Code Parking Required
03/30/2020 - 05/04/2020
Mon, Wed
06:00PM - 09:00PM
West Campus 1
$135.00 3.30 133616 Yes
08/03/2020 - 09/09/2020
Mon, Wed
06:00PM - 09:00PM
West Campus 3
$135.00 3.30 138438 Yes


Also offered online


Case Studies Interpreter Lab and Professional Skills

(This is the last class to take for students who started in summer 2019.)

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.

There are no courses available


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.

For more information please call 336.734.7023