A non-credit program that prepares you for a career as a medical interpreter
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Are you bilingual and want to turn your skills into a fulfilling career helping others? Medical interpreters are in great demand, both in-person and remotely by video or phone.
Interpreters can work for hospitals, schools, state agencies or as contractors with many agencies throughout the country. They may elect to work remotely and make their own hours.
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. In addition to practical knowledge, intense practice via oral role play on a variety of medical topics is included, as well as an introduction to VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) and OPI (Over the Phone Interpreting).
This program meets the National Board for Medical Interpreter Certification training requirement and prepares you to pass the national certification exam. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion from the college and may elect to apply for national certification. Certification fees are not included. Because a language assessment is required, students must register at least two weeks in advance.
In This Course You'll Learn To:
- communicate proficiently in at least two languages, including medical terminology, to facilitate effective communication in medical settings
- understand deeply the cultures and customs of the `patient populations served, enhancing cultural competence in healthcare interactions
- explore ethical standards and legal requirements for medical interpreters, encompassing confidentiality, impartiality, and informed consent
- apply active listening and communication techniques to convey accurate and complete messages in medical interviews, informed consent discussions and patient education
- demonstrate collaboration with healthcare providers, employing interpreting skills in diverse situations, including high-stress emergencies, while upholding accuracy and impartiality
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- GED or high school diploma
- Must be fully bilingual (fluent in English and one other language)
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