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Enhance your career in healthcare! Become a Spanish/English medical interpreter.

The University of Georgia's Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate expands career choices for bilingual individuals proficient in Spanish and English who work in medical or healthcare fields. The program is also ideal for those seeking employment in these fast-growing fields or those seeking their first professional interpreting certificate. 


Format: Classroom

Hours: 40 hours / 4.0 CEUs

Where: UGA's Gwinnett Campus

When: Oct. 15 - Nov. 19, 2016

Cost: $949 (includes materials)

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Job Outlook: Professional interpreters have stronger-than-average employment opportunities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, interpreters and translators can expect much faster than average employment growth over the next decade due to the increase in the number of foreign language speakers in the United States and the broadening of international ties.

According to the Joint Commission, an accredited hospital must have language interpreters who are qualified through language proficiency assessment, education, training, or experience. Since 2005, The University of Georgia’s Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate has helped participants gain the education needed to become a medical interpreter.

Course Topics

  • Ethics of Interpreting
  • Healthcare interpreting terminology in English and Spanish
  • Spanish/English linguistics skills
  • Analysis of the healthcare provider environment and issues regarding Latino/Hispanic healthcare
  • Development of integrated interpreter skills
  • Understanding the cultural aspects of Latino/Hispanic healthcare
  • Medical Interpreting Standards of Practice

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for adults and will include medically explicit discussion of topics that are of an adult nature, including but not limited to body parts and bodily functions, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.

The course will be valuable to:

  • Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, front office staff, receptionists, dieticians, laboratory technicians, social workers, etc. who are bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Interpreters and translators who are entering or currently employed in the medical field or healthcare settings, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, pharmacies, rehabilitation clinics, etc.
  • Individuals seeking employment in the medical field or in a healthcare setting
  • Individuals seeking their first professional interpreting certificate

Course Information

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Course Date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 to Saturday, November 19, 2016
Course Date Info: 

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No class November 5, 2016.

Course Format: 
Location Info: 

University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
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Continuing Education Information: 

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing the course.  

Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
To receive the Certificate of Program Completion the following is required:

  • Attendance at all 5 classes
  • Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments  
  • Receive a final cumulative score of 70% or better on the post-test grade
  • To take the National Board of Certification For Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) exam you must be 18 years of age with minimum education of High School Diploma or GED.

Military Funding Information: 
The Spanish/English Medical Interpreter course has been approved by the Department of Veterans Services to receive GI Bill funding. Spouses of active duty military members that are eligible for MYCAA and active duty military members that are eligible for Air Force TA and Army TA may contact their education service officer to apply for course approval. For more information regarding military funding for this course, visit our Financial and Military Assistance page or contact our office at 706-542-3537.