Massachusetts Community Colleges Now Offering 60-Hour Medical Interpreting Course

Medical Interpreting Course at a Community College Near You

If you speak a second language, you might want to consider a career as a medical interpreter.

In an increasingly multicultural society, medical interpreters are in demand in almost every type of healthcare setting. Employers are seeking multilingual individuals who can demonstrate fluency in English as well as other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, or Chinese. While individuals who are bilingual may have the foundation to become professional interpreters, they may need training in medical terminology, ethics, and medical procedures and protocols, all of which are included in our medical interpreting courses.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says:

“Employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 46 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth reflects an increasingly diverse U.S. population, which is expected to require more interpreters and translators”.

This is an introductory course for students interested in the field of medical interpreting.

The course topics include:

  • Standards of Practice, Ethics, and Cultural Competence
  • Overview of the profession and professional settings
  • Sight translation
  • Learning through Role-playing
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Readings in the field
  • Exercises for building memory and concentration
  • Building vocabulary in a wide variety of medical fields
  • Advice on how to find (and keep) a job as an interpreter