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Medical Interpreter Certificate Program

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Medical Interpreter Certificate Program Fall dates coming soon!

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Are you fluent in both English and Spanish? Do you have an interest in healthcare? If so, you would be a great candidate for our Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate Program.

Medical Interpreters serve as the bridge between healthcare professionals and patients with limited English proficiency. They are responsible for interpreting details about the patient to the doctor and also providing the patient with clear and concise information on topics such as surgical or medical care procedures, prescription drug information and how to properly complete medical documents. Due to the increasing number of foreign language speakers in the United States, Medical Interpreters are also trained in the cultural aspects associated with their language of proficiency and how to handle potential cultural conflicts. The need for Medical Interpreters is fast-growing and they have a place in facilities not limited to hospitals, ER, private practices, mental health clinics, rehab centers and more.

The Professional Development Center's Medical Interpreter Certificate Program is ideal for those seeking employment in the medical or healthcare fields or those seeking their first professional interpreting certificate. It also expands the career choices for bilingual individuals (proficient in Spanish and English) who already work in these fields. The program curriculum is consistent with national standards of practice for interpreters in healthcare.

Graduates of our program receive a Certificate of Completion and are prepared to take the NBCMI (National Board of Certified Medical Interpreters) exam or the CCHI (Certified Comission for Healthcare Interpreters) exam.

The Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate Program covers:

  • 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

Becoming a professional interpreter is a learned and skill-based process. This 40-hour classroom training program equips you to serve as a professional medical interpreter. The program prepares you with the theoretic, linguistic and procedural backgrounds necessary to comply with the Medical Interpreting Standards of Practice.


  • Minimum 18 Years of Age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Consider yourself bilingually (Spanish/English) proficient. Should you not meet the language requirement, no refund of previously paid course fee will be given.

If you have questions about the prerequisites please contact the Program Coordinator for more details before enrolling.

Who Should Attend

  • 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.
  • Independent interpreters
  • Individuals seeking employment in the medical field or in a healthcare setting
  • Individuals seeking their first professional interpreting certificate

Certificate Requirements, Scheduling and Pricing

To achieve the Medical Interpreter Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin/The University of Texas at Georgia:

  • Timely completion of assignments is required including the successful completion of written and oral assignments
  • To receive your Certificate of Completion, your attendance is required at all five sessions
  • Must receive a score of 70% or better on the accumulated pre and post assessments
  • The Program will be held Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Books included. Participants will receive their books on the first day of class.
  • Program fee: $1,495.00

Continuing Education

  • 4.0 CEUs
  • 40 hours of medical interpreter education

Certification Requirements

For more information on eligibility, certification requirements, exam fees and PSI testing sites or to download the CMI Candidate Handbook for becoming a Certified Medical Interpreter please visit The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters at http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/

Looking to certify with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)? For more information on their certification requirements and exam fees, please visit http://www.ceapcchi.org/

Before enrolling in the course we recommend that you download the appropriate certification handbook to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements of the certifying agency.

Student Testimonials

"Mr. King did an amazing job of keeping 8 hrs.+ of work a day interesting. He was great."

"I enjoyed coming to this class everyday. I am impressed with the amount of information I was able to learn in just 5 days. It was a great experience."

"The instructor has a very fun way of teaching, making the class so much more relaxed and pleasant, and his level of knowledge is high!"

"This course was more than I expected. I honestly left this course knowing so much more than I did Monday morning. Mr. King did a great job teaching this course."


Scott King has been the lead instructor for the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education's Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Certificate Program for nine years. He is the Language Evaluation Specialist and Migrant Education/Family Engagement Specialist with Barrow County Schools, Georgia. Mr. King is also the founder and owner of a full-service language school that offers interpreter and translation services as well as group classes, individual classes and corporate training. He has a Master's degree in Spanish language and linguistics/educator training.


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