Medical Interpreter

Program Overview

If you are fluent in Spanish and English and love helping others, there is a need to fill Spanish medical interpreter jobs in the healthcare field. With the Hispanic population consistently growing, this valuable skillset will continue to be very much in demand.

Our Medical Interpreter program will prepare you for a rewarding career in healthcare as an advocate for patients and providers and teach you the necessary skills to become proficient as an English-Spanish interpreter. You will practice three types of interpreting: consecutive interpreting requires you to go back and forth between listening to someone and then translating a few sentences; simultaneous interpreting involves continuously translating at the same time the person is speaking; and sight translation has you orally interpret a written document.

The Medical Interpreter program will also teach you medical terminology, body systems, legal issues, ethics, standards of practice, and cultural awareness involving both languages.

Spanish medical interpreter jobs need competent bilingual speakers now. Start your journey to a new career and make it happen by enrolling in the Medical Interpreter program today!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Fast Track Certificates available in 20 weeks or less
Why GateWay Community College?

Program is not accepting enrollment at this time. We encourage you to check the website periodically for updates.

The Medical Interpreting programs at GateWay are the only ones available in the Maricopa Community Colleges. This training program is considered a clock hour program, which is a training program that provides skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Our instructors work as certified professional healthcare interpreters outside of teaching courses here, providing real life experiences to share and build into practice scenarios during each session.

Interpreting is a value-added skill that enhances bilingual healthcare communication and requires extreme professionalism. According to the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, an interpreter renders a message into another language while abiding by a professional code of ethics.

Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate of Competency and are prepared to sit for the Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI) exam.

Externship Site Placement

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the externship site. Students must be able to attend any of the clinical facilities used by the SWSC Programs. Students that are eligible for clinical externship placement are assigned to various healthcare agencies for externship and will be supervised by a site-preceptor.

The Medical Interpreting Department will make the final decision for student placement at each clinical facility. Students will be placed within the valley based on availability and once placed, externship location cannot be switched.

Program Locations

SouthWest Skill Center

Program Cost Estimates*

Medical Interpreter - Spanish:  $1,101  | 200 hours/4 months
Months based on the program meeting 12 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary.

Spanish Interpreting for Healthcare Professionals:  $675  |  120 hours/4 months
Months based on the program meeting 6 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary.

*Costs include tuition and lab fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.