Allied Health

Medical Interpreter Certificate


Medical Interpreters enable accurate cross-cultural communication of information from one language to another in healthcare contexts. “Interpreters strive to render the message accurately, conveying the content and spirit of the original message taking into consideration the cultural context” (National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare Inc., 2005). Fluency in English and one or more target languages such as Portuguese and Spanish is required as well as sensitivity to the cultures associated with the target language.

Courses Credits
BIT103   3
BIO105   4
MIN101   3
MIN102   3
Medical Interpreter Practicum

This course, designed for individuals who are bilingual in English and Spanish or English and Portuguese, will focus on skills acquired during coursework in Medical Interpreter I and Medical Interpreter II. The course adheres to the Standards of Practice for medical interpreters as established by the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare. Students will complete 150 hours of supervised medical interpreter activity in a community healthcare organization. Students may repeat this course to be qualified in another language if desired.

Prerequisite: MIN102; Co-requisite: BIO105

Offered: Varies

Note: MIN200 participants in a clinical site practicum must meet all immunization requirements and pass CORI/SORI checks. Please refer to the policy statements of Immunization Requirements and Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information. CORI/SORI checks may be required throughout the program.

Total Credits 16

Medical Interpreter Certificate Admission Requirements

Admission into the Medical Interpreter Certificate program requires that the applicant attend an information session. Students must also meet all health requirements (Immunization Requirements) and pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. To remain in these programs a student must maintain a 75% average in the required courses, a satisfactory clinical evaluation, and adhere to the attendance policy.

For Immunization Requirements, see:

Completion of a program is based on full time enrollment. Many of our students attend part time and may not complete within the one year timeline.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Medical Interpreter Certificate, students are able to:

*Standards reference the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare (NCIHC).