Medical Interpreters bridge the communication gap between non-English speaking patients and medical personnel. Medical Interpreters are critical members of the healthcare team trained to communicate and translate patient materials, informational brochures, and other items into an easily understood and culturally-sensitive format for patients.
The Medical Interpreter Certificate includes theory and hands-on instruction during the ten-week program. Students will learn and identify human anatomy in both languages, translate medical documents from English to Spanish, communicate common medical terminology in written and verbal formats, and understand the code of ethics and roles of a Medical Interpreter. Students will also focus on Hispanic cultural appreciation and participate in bilingual discussion, interviews, and presentations. Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, nurses or medical office staff, or those looking to develop skills may benefit from this program. Textbook is required at the first class meeting and is available at the KSU Center Bookstore. This program requires students to be bilingual in Spanish and English.
Prerequisite: High School Diploma or equivalency. No medical background necessary. Submit written Language Assessment and participate in Verbal Assessment. Submit a completed Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and computer and Internet access are required.
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New programs begin in March and October.