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Professional Development, University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton

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Healthcare Interpreting (Spanish/English)

PLEASE NOTE: This certificate will not be offered after Fall 2017. If you are in the process of completing your certificate, please fill out the "Request a Ceritificate" once you complete your course. You can join our mailing list to get information about many of our professional development offerings.

If you are bilingual in Spanish and English (our Bilingual Proficiency Test will help you get a better idea), have an aptitude for interpreting, and a strong desire to be of service to the medical community, now is the perfect time to put your language skills and cultural knowledge to use.

Now more than ever, there is a need for qualified Spanish-English interpreters in the healthcare field. State regulations from the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) require that health plan providers and insurers provide document translation, timely access to interpreter services and quality assurance of interpretation and translation services.

The classes in the Healthcare Interpreting (Spanish/English) certificate focus on the development of applied learning in a cohesive program that prepares bilingual speakers to work as healthcare interpreters. Emphasis is placed on understanding the problems and complexities of interpretation and the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare interpreter, use of pertinent medical terminology and its context, and the development of interpretation skills.

Program Features

  • Program orientation featuring guest speakers in the interpreting/translation profession, current employment opportunities are discussed
  • Access to a language laboratory to practice interpreting skills
  • A certificate from Cal State Fullerton identifying continuing education units (CEUs) earned for completion of the program

To receive a certificate in Healthcare Interpreting (Spanish/English), individuals must complete the five required core courses totaling a minimum of 114 hours and 11.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Elective courses are optional for additional credit.

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About the Program

Use your language abilities to help people, while helping your employer provide a high level of customer service.


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