Medical Interpreter-Spanish

Health Sciences

If you have an interest in the health and medical industry, and are fluent in both English and Spanish, you would be a candidate for the Medical Interpreter Program - Spanish. With your bilingual knowledge, you will gain the necessary skills to interpret in a manner consistent with national standards of practice for interpreters in healthcare.  

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.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age 
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Meet the minimum score on the Placement Tests in reading, as well as the written and oral English and Spanish assessment tests
  • Obtain the admission packet (includes options for funding your education) from the SWSC Testing Technician
  • Complete the admission packet then schedule an appointment with the Advisor to verify all items are completed, & obtain the registration form to proceed to cashiers to submit payment

Students must pass a free written and oral Spanish/English exam to assess fluency and knowledge of the structure and content of the English and Spanish language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, with some basic medical vocabulary prior to starting the admissions process into the program. This test may be done by appointment or walk-in basis at the testing center in Komatke Hall.  If you fail this exam, or feel you may need some practice with Spanish before taking the exam.

Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate of Completion (CCL) and are prepared to sit for the Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI) exam.  The oral portion of the exam is done at SWSC.

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Virtual Enrollment Session Attendance

If you are interested in this Healthcare program, you will be required to attend a Virtual Information/Advising Session that will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Enrollment Session: Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

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Externship Site Placement

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from externship site. Students must be able to attend any of the clinical facilities used by the SWSC Programs. The student's personal convenience cannot always be accommodated. Students that are eligible for clinical externship placement are assigned to various healthcare agencies for externship. The time, preceptor, or clinical location will vary as determined by availability of sites, student placement within the program, and other considerations as decided by the Instructor.

The Externship Dept. 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. 

If a clinical agency refuses clinical experiences to a student based on a student’s misconduct, the SWSC will attempt to place the said student at another clinical facility.  If, however, there are no clinical sites available, the student may be withdrawn from the program for incompleteness and have to wait until a site can be found. If the student fails externship after being placed at TWO different locations, the student will fail the course and not be allowed to return to the program indefinitely, or for a period of time, along with specific re-entry requirements determined by the Externship Dept. and Program Manager

*STUDENTS MUST PAY $37.50 TO REGISTER AND COMPLETE TRAINING MODULES TO PREPARE THEM FOR EXTERNSHIPS.  

The SWSC  became the only testing center in Arizona to offer the national certification exam for Health Care Interpreters in the languages of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic through the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). All administration fees go toward student scholarship funds.

This program offers a unique two-day industry driven Interpreter Conference which brings students, alumni, interpreters, managers, recruiters and expert guest speakers together to promote collaboration and establish connections necessary to be successful in the profession of Healthcare Interpreting.  

We have the only 12-credit academic certificate of completion in Maricopa County.

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.  Students will receive 72 hours of practice in this program.

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Program Locations

18th Street Location (Night/Weekend)
SouthWest Skill Center 

Certificates

Medical Interpreter - Spanish

Certificates #1900N and #1902N | 200 hr / 5-9 mo | $1,101
The Certificate of Competency in Medical Interpreter - Spanish program prepares bilingual individuals for a rewarding career in healthcare. Program participants will gain the skills necessary to become English-Spanish medical interpreters during this 200-hour program that includes a 40-hour externship. Students will learn medical terminology, body systems, legal issues, ethics, standards of practice, and cultural awareness across both languages. Emphasis is placed on practicing interpretation in the consecutive, simultaneous, and sight translation modes. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have exceeded the minimum training requirements for certification and will be eligible to take national certification examinations through the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).

Spanish Interpreting for Healthcare Professionals

Certificate #1118N | 120 hr / 5mo | $675

The Certificate of Competency in Spanish Interpreting for Healthcare Professionals prepares bilingual healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain certification as a Spanish medical interpreter. Program participants will be introduced to the field of interpreting, professional ethics, legal issues, standards of practice, and cultural awareness across both languages during this 120-hour program that includes a 40-hour externship. Emphasis is placed on practicing interpretation in the consecutive, simultaneous, and sight translation modes. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have exceeded the minimum training requirements for certification and will be eligible to take national certification examinations through the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). 

*Months based on the program meeting 6 or 12 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.
 

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