Medical Interpreter Course

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Our comprehensive 60-hour program meets the requirements of both nationally recognized certifying agencies, CCHI and NBCMI. Plus, we have convenient class schedule options and multiple training sites.

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Choose an online session or your preferred location.

Course Fee:

Complete program – includes bilingual assessment

$695

Bilingual Assessment Only:

Pay program balance later

$90
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Are You Eligible?

The InterpreterEd.com training program is open to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Age 18 or older
  • U.S. high school diploma or GED, or the equivalent from another country
  • Proficient speaking skills in English and a second language
  • Successful completion of our bilingual assessment

Prepare for Success

Sign up and step forward

The registration process is simple and quick—just complete the application and pay for your bilingual assessment. You do not need advanced knowledge of medical terminology—we assess your proficiency in both languages and your ability to convert words from each language to the other. The assessment takes from 20 to 30 minutes. After you pass, you can choose the session of your choice, whether it is online or on-site.

Our program goes well beyond the basics

You will start by learning the issues that will impact your career and your role, whether it be interpreting in the emergency department, a dentist office, or in the office of a school nurse. Throughout the program, you will work with your complete medical terminology textbook while you focus on learning the “must know” terms in our carefully curated terminology book. 

Practice makes perfect

You will also spend a lot of time practicing the skills you need to be successful. This practice time is challenging, rewarding, and designed to deliver success. Our instructors help you form the habits needed to continue refining your skills. We want you to succeed in your interpreting career.

Ready for the challenge

At the end of the program, you will sit for a final exam and, if you pass, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. The 282-page textbook, medical terminology textbook, and companion core terminology book are yours to keep as valuable references as you study for your certification exam.

You’ll receive a certificate of completion. Online students have access to the 282-page e-book in addition to receiving the printable core terminology e-book. On-site students receive the 282-page softcover textbook and core terminology book.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is medical interpreter training?

This 60-hour course is designed to prepare bilingual individuals for professional certification as a medical healthcare interpreter. Upon completion, students will have received the necessary training to become a qualified medical healthcare interpreter and help them pass either of the two recognized national certification exams. Additionally, graduates will be eligible to further their training with a 100-hour Interpreter Clinical Rotation in which they can gain hands-on, real-world experience within an actual healthcare setting, such as a hospital, clinic, or medical office.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_modal icon_type=”selector” icon=”none” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”What are the minimum requirements to get certified?” modal_size=”block” modal_style=”overlay-simplegenie” overlay_bg_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.01)” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ el_class=”pw-modal” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”” txt_color=””]

What are the minimum requirements to get certified?

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) require the following:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Minimum high school diploma or GED, or equivalent from another country
  • Language proficiency in both English and a second language (click “View more”)
  • Successful completion of at least 40 hours of interpreter training

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How long is the course?

The InterpreterEd.com program is a 60-hour course. We know many of our students need flexible schedules, so we offer a variety of class times:

  • One-week program (five consecutive days)
  • Daytime classes
  • Evening and weekend classes

Upon completion, graduates may continue training with practical, real-world experience in a healthcare setting by participating in the Interpreter Clinical Rotation. It is a great opportunity to apply the skills, roles, and ethics of interpreting learned in the classroom.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_modal icon_type=”selector” icon=”none” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”How much does the InterpreterEd.com program cost?” modal_size=”block” modal_style=”overlay-simplegenie” overlay_bg_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.01)” overlay_bg_opacity=”100″ el_class=”pw-modal” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”” txt_color=””]

How much does the InterpreterEd.com program cost?

The total cost for the program, which includes 60-hour course fees, Medical Healthcare Interpreter Training textbook, medical terminology companion book, and certificate of completion, is $695.

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How much does it cost to continue with the hands-on training?

There is no cost to InterpreterEd.com graduates. We encourage our graduates to take advantage of this 100-hour Interpreter Clinical Rotation opportunity to further prepare for the national certification exam.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_modal icon_type=”selector” icon=”none” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”Who should take this course?” modal_size=”block” modal_style=”overlay-simplegenie” overlay_bg_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.01)” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ el_class=”pw-modal” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”” txt_color=””]

Who should take this course?

Qualified, bilingual individuals, 18 or older, who want to help patients with limited English-speaking skills, and their families, communicate better with U.S. healthcare professionals.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_modal icon_type=”selector” icon=”none” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”Will I qualify to take the certification exam for medical healthcare interpreters?” modal_size=”block” modal_style=”overlay-simplegenie” overlay_bg_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.01)” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ el_class=”pw-modal” img_size=”60″ header_text_color=”” txt_color=””]

Will I qualify to take the certification exam for medical healthcare interpreters?

The requirements for each certification exam vary. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all requirements set forth by the respective certification organizations. Generally, the minimum requirements are:

  • Age 18 or older
  • High school diploma from a U.S. high school or equivalent abroad
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the two languages being interpreted
  • Completion of a minimum 40-hour course in medical healthcare interpreting

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When does the next course start?

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Can I take this course in my language? What languages do you support?

Our program is taught in English and is language supportive. Your languages of service can be any language plus English. So, yes, you can take the course in your language. See a sample list of languages.[/ultimate_modal]

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How can I take the InterpreterEd.com bilingual assessment and what is the cost?

All potential students must pass the InterpreterEd.com bilingual assessment to be accepted into the program. This is a more in-depth evaluation and costs $90.00.* For more information, call (800) 673-6923.

*The assessment fee is applied towards the program fees if the student passes the assessment and enrolls.

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I have taken other language proficiency assessments. Do I still need to take the InterpreterEd.com bilingual assessment?

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I am already working as an interpreter and want to take the certification exam for interpreters. Why do I need to take this course?

Taking this course will help you prepare for national certification. The 60-hour InterpreterEd.com program provides an excellent refresher and update of current best practices and standards. Understanding the most current standards and accepted best practices is important to successfully passing the certification exam.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_modal icon_type=”selector” icon=”none” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”What are the requirements to do the Interpreter Clinical Rotation?” modal_size=”block” modal_style=”overlay-simplegenie” overlay_bg_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.01)” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ el_class=”pw-modal” img_size=”80″ header_text_color=”” txt_color=””]

What are the requirements to do the Interpreter Clinical Rotation?

In order to be accepted into this hands-on program, you must first successfully complete the 60-hour InterpreterEd.com program. For patient safety reasons, most healthcare organizations will also require that your immunizations are current:

  • Two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccines over the course of a lifetime
  • Hepatitis B vaccine, at least the first shot of the three-shot series before beginning the clinical rotation
  • Negative TB skin test within the last three months or a negative chest X-ray within the last year

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What happens to my fees if the course is canceled?

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I am interested in the 60-hour InterpreterEd.com program. How do I find out if my language skills are at the required level to take the course?

Take our free basic online quiz and follow the steps.

The basic online quiz is a free tool to assess a potential student’s basic bilingual abilities in select languages. However, passing the online quiz does not guarantee that an applicant will pass the formal Bilingual Assessment. It is, however, your first step.

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What are the differences between the credentials offered by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI)?

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What You’ll Learn

We teach:

  • Medical terminology and additional resources.
  • Professional standards of practice.
  • Practical tips and techniques from practicing interpreters.
  • Exercises to improve your memory skills.
  • How to prepare for national interpreter certification testing.

We help you learn your role as a medical or healthcare interpreter:

  • The modes of interpreting and how to use them.
  • Managing the interpreting session: before, during, and after.
  • Where to position yourself in the room for the greatest benefit of the patient and doctor.
  • How to handle uncomfortable situations in a professional manner.

While the emphasis of our program is on interpreting skills, you will also learn about:

  • Landmark cases that led to the development of the medical and healthcare interpreting profession.
  • Facts about the limited English proficiency (LEP) population.
  • Barriers and challenges LEP patients face when seeking and receiving healthcare services in the U.S.
  • Key U.S. legislation regarding language access services.
  • How the U.S. healthcare system is different from the way healthcare is provided in other countries.

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Option 2: Choose a payment plan

*Assessment fee is applied towards program fee if student passes assessment and enrolls.
Bilingual assessment and course materials are non-refundable.
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