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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 become certified as a medical interpreter and feel confident in a professional setting.


Format: Classroom

Hours: 40 hours / 4.0 CEUs

Where: UGA's Gwinnett Campus

When: Mar. 21 - April 25, 2020

Cost: $989 (includes materials)

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Professional Development Benefits

Gain your 40-hour training required to work as a medical interpreter. According to the Joint Commission, an accredited hospital must have language interpreters who are qualified through language proficiency assessment, education, training, or experience. The National Council on Interpretation in Health Care recommends a minimum of 40 hours training for medical interpreters. This course satisfies those requirements.

Interested in becoming certified?
Certified Medical Interpreter
If you are interested in earning your CMI Credential from the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, our course is an approved IMIA training program listed in their directory (registry ID: 18-TR-1021).

Certified Healthcare Interpreter
Our course satisfies the 40-hour educational requirement to earn the CHI Credential from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). For more information and to see the other requirements, please visit the CCHI website.

What You Will Learn:

  • 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 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 Number: 


Course Date Info: 

March 21, 28, April 4, 18, 25, 2020
No class April 11.
Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

$989 (includes course materials)

Continuing Education Information: 

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 40 hours of course work.

Important Requirements:
In order to receive a Certificate of Program Completion, participants must:

  • Attend and participate in 90% of the live class sessions.
  • Complete all online assignments, include quizzes and discussion posts.
  • Score 70% or better on both the oral and written final exams.

You must be fluent in both English and Spanish to enroll. Should you not meet the language requirement, no refund of previously paid course fee will be given.

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.