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: Online or Classroom

Hours: 40

Credits: 4.0 CEUs

When: Various Dates

Cost: $989 w/ materials



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

Course Date Info: 

Live-Online May Session – Space Limited – Register Now
Instructor-led, virtual online class sessions
Course begins May 3, 2021
May 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, June 2, 5, 9, 12, 2021
Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST (9:30 p.m. first two Wednesdays)

During the May course, you will meet two times a week in your virtual classroom. Additional assignments required outside the classroom include readings, online quizzes, and discussion board posts.

Classroom July Session – Register Now
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
Saturdays, July 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

During the July course, you will meet weekly on-campus in a socially-distanced classroom. Additional assignments required outside the classroom will be completed online and include readings, online quizzes, and discussion board posts.

COVID-19 Impact and Update

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education’s primary commitment is the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students.

Currently, the University System of Georgia (USG) and UGA require all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/classrooms/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use is in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Our classrooms are configured to ensure that participants will be able to practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are available in all classrooms and common areas.

Students will be notified if circumstances necessitate a shift to online/virtual learning, or a combination of online/virtual and face-to-face classroom learning. For more information, please email

Live-Online or Classroom

University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Course Fee(s): 

$989 (includes course materials)

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.