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.
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.
- Identify and discuss the process of translation and interpretation and differentiate between the roles of the interpreter/translator
- Demonstrate an understanding and exhibit a high standard of professionalism through knowledge of the healthcare interpretation field, its practices, social issues, professional code of conduct and code of ethics
- Understand the problems and complexities of interpretation and the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare interpreter
- Identify and apply interpretation-related skills necessary in a healthcare setting
- Identify, understand and use pertinent terminology representative of healthcare interpreting
- Identify problems and apply problem-solving strategies necessary in a healthcare setting
- Demonstrate awareness of the diverse cultural factors and linguistic sensitivity in healthcare interpreting
- Carry out research to prepare for interpretation assignments
- Bilingual Spanish/English individuals interested in becoming a healthcare interpreter
- Bilingual Spanish/English individuals currently working in the healthcare field such as hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes
- Bilingual Spanish/English interpreters seeking state certification for medical interpreting
- Bilingual Spanish/English healthcare interpreters seeking to develop their interpreting skills
The classes in the Healthcare Interpreting certificate are open to anyone who meets the stated prerequisites for each class. Before completing a certificate, students should have completed one of the following:
1. Demonstrate bilingual competence in oral and written Spanish and English, and attend the Program Orientation and pass the Bilingual Proficiency Test; or
2. Completion of the CSUF credit class Spanish 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition with a grade of C or better, and attend the Program Orientation and pass the Bilingual Proficiency Test; or
3. Completion of 24 semester units or 36 quarter units of post-secondary education, and attend the Program Orientation and pass the Bilingual Proficiency Test.
Before beginning any of the core courses in the certificate, students must demonstrate Spanish/English proficiency by taking and passing the Bilingual Proficiency Test or by approval of the program manager based on education background and experience. In order to ensure that students in a course possess the required knowledge and skills and in order to maintain high-quality courses/programs, University Extended Education reserves the right to drop students from a course if they do not meet the minimum prerequisite requirements as indicated in the course description and the certificate program eligibility requirements. For clarification about course and/or certificate program prerequisites, please contact University Extended Education at (657) 278-2611 prior to enrolling.