Medical Interpreters work at hospitals, schools, clinics, mental health facilities and doctors’ offices. They can also work as independent contractors for the many agencies both local and nationwide.

Medical Interpreter

Job Description

Medical Interpreters work at hospitals, schools, clinics, mental health facilities and doctors’ offices. They can also work as independent contractors for the many agencies both local and nationwide. At hospitals, interpreters are required to work in a variety of departments in order to facilitate communication between patient and provider. As independent contractors, interpreters may work on-site, from home as over-the-phone interpreters, or Video Remote Interpreters:

  • On-Site Interpreting (OSI): Interpreters are physically present at the location of the assignment and are therefore able to both see and hear the parties they interpret for.
  • Over-the-Phone Interpreting (OPI): Interpreters speak with the designated parties only by phone and are therefore unable to see them. OPI requires strong listening skills without the aide of visual cues.
  • Video Remote Interpreting (VRI): Interpreters use a camera and microphone to communicate with the designated parties. VRI enables the interpreter to both see and hear the speakers, and to pick up on non-verbal cues which are missed with OPI.

Program Description

There is a critical need for trained medical interpreters! This 60-hour program provides working knowledge of medical interpreting, including standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical terminology/vocabulary. This program 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. This program meets the National Board for Medical Interpreter Certification training requirement and prepares students for the certification exam. This program is offered in collaboration with Transfluenci, a leader in the medical interpreter field. The National Board exam fee is not included.

Program Cost

Total cost of this program is $1,312 including textbooks, language assessment, the U-Pass transportation fee and Essential Job Skills & Career Development course. Payment plans are available for this program.

Admission Requirements

Students must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in this course.

Students participating in this program must:

  • Be fully bilingual in English, as well as a second language.
  • Pass a language proficiency exam prior to acceptance into the program.

Time Commitment

This 10-week program includes 60 hours of classroom instruction.

Medical Interpreter

CRN: 1587 HMED M7222
Dates: March 14 to May 30, 2020 (no class 4/11, 5/23)
Days: Saturdays
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Julian Sieser
Room: TBA
Fee: $1,069.00 (Cost includes textbook and U-Pass transportation fee)

Medical Interpreter Assessment

CRN: 1615 HMED M7223
Date: To be scheduled with coordinator
Fee: $70 (NON-REFUNDABLE once assessment is complete)

Employment Outlook

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026,
much faster than the average for all occupations. Globalization and large increases in the
number of non-English-speaking people in the United States will drive employment growth.
Medical interpreters that are employed full-time earn a median annual salary of $42,421. The
salaries in the field could reach up to $66,602 per year.

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Program Contact

Sue Champagne
860.253.3034
schampagne@asnuntuck.edu