Advance Your Career as a Professional Medical Interpreter

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, interpreters and translators can expect much faster than average employment growth over the next decade. The University of Georgia’s Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate expands career choices for bilingual individuals proficient in Spanish and English.

This interactive course provides the training you need to qualify as a medical interpreter and feel confident in a professional setting.


Format: Classroom

Hours: 40

Credits: 4.0 CEUs

When: Oct. 21 - Nov. 18

Cost: $1,199


This course equips participants to serve as professional medical interpreters and prepares them with the theoretic, linguistic and procedural backgrounds necessary to comply with the Medical Interpreting Standards of Practice. Topics covered include:

  • 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

Interested in National Certification: Currently, the professional standards for Medical Interpreters recommend that Medical Interpreters have a minimum of 40-hours of educational training (which our course meets). If you are interested in becoming a Nationally Certified Medical Interpreter, please visit The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters or the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters.


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 class is open to students 18 years of age and up. Prior approval must be received for a minor aged 16 or 17 that wants to attend and the student must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian in the classroom at all times. We highly recommend that parents or guardians take advantage of the learning opportunity by signing up with their students. Please note that a request and agreement form for registration of a minor is required to complete the application. Call (706) 542-3537 for more information.

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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October 21 - November 18, 2023
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

The program is provided in a live lecture format. The class will meet Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., over five (5) weeks. Additional assignments required include readings, online quizzes, and discussion board posts. Books will be provided at the first class meeting.

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University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
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Instructor Scott King photoScott King has been the lead instructor for the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education's Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate course since 2004. He is the Title III, English Learner, and Migrant Education Coordinator with the Barrow County School System. Mr. King has extensive experience in clinical settings in the Healthcare field and has worked as a consultant with hospitals and other healthcare organizations for almost 20 years as they serve the Hispanic/Latino community. He has a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish (for Teachers) from the College of Education at Georgia State University and has completed many workshops and training seminars in applied linguistics and psycholinguistics during his career as an educator of Modern Languages.