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Spanish - English Medical Interpretation

20-140-2 Certificate (C) 15 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Online

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Are you bilingual and interested in the field of medical interpretation? After passing a Spanish/English proficiency test, you can begin studying for this important and rewarding career. You’ll learn the fundamentals of translation and interpretation. Your training focuses on an extensive study of medical terminology for Spanish-English interpretation. You will also develop the skills you need to work with diverse groups of people. Then apply your new skills in a medical setting through a supervised internship. You’ll be ready to fill a growing need in the medical community.


Course Title
Course Number
Fundamentals of Translation & Interpretation
Provides an introduction to the study of interpretation. Presents interpretation as a communicative task and surveys assignments and text types most commonly encountered in the interpretation profession. Explores the basic theoretical concepts and teaches to apply this knowledge. Focuses on the processes for understanding, analyzing and interpreting different kinds of texts from a source language into a target language. Bilingual fluency (native fluency in English and other languages) is required.
Interpretation Internship
Engages in a specialty area internship to produce an interpreted product. Includes portfolio development, internship objectives and onsite supervised training.
Prerequisites: Bilingual fluency (near native fluency in both Spanish and English are required)
Medical Interpretation 1
A foundational course focusing on medical terminology for Spanish -English interpretation. Develops the techniques, knowledge and practice needed to provide interpretation in the medical environment. Emphasizes interpretation modes such as sight interpretation and simultaneous and consecutive interpretation in medical settings. Near Native fluency (English and Spanish) is required.
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Translation and Interpretation (10-141-150) and Medical Terminology (10-501-101)
Medical Terminology
Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
Introduction to Diversity Studies
Develops workplace skills needed to work with diverse groups of people. Ethnic relations are studied in global and comparative perspectives. Students examine their biases and gain awareness of differences and common ground shared. The course emphasizes how personal and cultural diversity enhances the effectiveness of work groups.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.


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