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: Online or Classroom

Hours: 40

Credits: 4.0 CEUs

When: Various Dates

Cost: $989 w/ materials


  • 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 Date Info: 

Online Session
Instructor-led, Online Sessions
July 25 - August 29, 2020
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. first two nights)

Classroom Session – Register Now
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 2020
Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Impact and Update

The University of Georgia’s primary commitment is the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students. Currently, the University of Georgia requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear appropriate face coverings while inside classrooms, facilities, and buildings. Classrooms will be configured to ensure that individuals will be able to practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies for workspaces will be available in classrooms and common areas.

If circumstances necessitate a shift to online/virtual learning, or a combination of online/virtual and face-to-face learning, students will be notified.

Online or Classroom

Course Fee(s): 

$989 (includes course materials)

Scott King has been the lead instructor for the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education's Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate Program for sixteen years. 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 the past 17 years as they serve the Hispanic/Latino community. He has a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish (for Teachers) from the College of Arts and Sciences 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. Currently, he serves as the Title III, English Learner, and Migrant Education Coordinator with the Barrow County School System.