This 40-hour course is designed to prepare bilingual individuals for professional certification as a medical healthcare interpreter. Upon completion, students will have received the necessary training to become a qualified medical healthcare interpreter, and pass either of the two recognized national certification exams. Additionally, graduates will be eligible to further their training with a 100-hour Interpreter Clinical Rotation, where they can gain hands-on, real-world experience within an actual healthcare setting, such as a hospital, clinic or medical office.
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) require the following:
- Age 18 or older.
- Minimum high school diploma or GED, or equivalent from another country.
- Language proficiency in both English and the second language (see below)
- Successful completion of 40 hours of interpreter training, like the InterpreterEd.Com Program
1. English Language Proficiency
Candidates must have one of the following:
- High school graduation (or equivalent) from an English-speaking country, or from an American School abroad.
- A bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degree or any other degree from any U.S. college or university.
One of the following tests:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570+ on paper; 230+ on computer version; 90+ on iBT.
- ELPT (English Language Proficiency Test): 950+
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 80+
- ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English): PASS
- FCE (First Certificate in English, Level 3): A
- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English, Level 4): B
- CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English, Level 5): B
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7.0+
2. Second Language Proficiency
Candidates for the national certification exams must have one of the following:
- Graduation from a high school of the country where the second language is spoken.
- Bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree or any other degree from an institution of higher education in a country where the second language is spoken.
- 24 semester credit hours of second language or a degree with a major in the second language
- ACTFL Oral Exams (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages): 3.5+/Advanced Mid-Level
The InterpreterEd.com Program is a 40-hour course. We know many of our students need flexible schedules and offer a variety of class times:
- One-week program, five consecutive days
- Daytime classes
- Evening & weekend classes
Upon completion, graduates may continue training with practical, real-world experience in a healthcare setting by participating in the Interpreter Clinical Rotation. It is a great opportunity to apply the skills, roles and ethics of interpreting learned in the classroom.
The total cost for this program, 40-hour course fees, Medical Healthcare Interpreter Training textbook, medical terminology companion book and certificate of completion, is $605. Tuition Assistance is available. For for more information and consideration, please submit this form .
No cost to InterpreterEd graduates. We encourage our graduates to take advantage of this 100-hour Interpreter Clinical Rotation opportunity to further prepare for the national certification exam.
Qualified, bilingual individuals, 18 or older, who want to help patients with limited English-speaking skills, and their families, communicate better with U.S. healthcare professionals.
The requirements for each certification exam vary. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all requirements set forth by the respective certification organizations. Generally, the minimum requirements are:
- Age 18 or older.
- High school diploma from a U.S. high school or equivalent abroad.
- Demonstrated proficiency in the two languages being interpreted.
- Completion of a minimum, 40-hour course in medical healthcare interpreting, like InterpreterEd.com.
New classes are always starting, so check our class calendar often.
All potential students must pass the InterpreterEd.com Bilingual Assessment to be accepted into the program. This is a more in-depth evaluation and costs $85, which is not part of the course fees. For more information, call (800) 673-6923.
Yes, all applicants must take and pass this important assessment.
Taking this course will help you prepare for national certification. The 40-hour InterpreterEd.com program provides an excellent refresher and update of current best practices and standards. Understanding the most current standards and accepted best practices is important to successfully passing the certification exam.
In order to be accepted into this hands-on program, you must first successfully complete the 40-hour InterpreterEd.com program. For patient safety reasons, most healthcare organizations will also require that your immunizations are current:
- Two MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) vaccines over the course of a lifetime.
- Hepatitis B vaccine, at least the first shot of the three-short series before beginning the Clinical Rotation.
- Negative TB skin test within the last three months or a negative chest X-ray within the last year.
Some institutions may have additional requirements.
Take our free basic online quiz and follow the steps.
The basic online quiz is a free tool to assess a potential student’s basic bilingual abilities in select languages. However, passing the online quiz does not guarantee that an applicant will pass the formal Bilingual Assessment. It is, however, your first step.
Both have similar standards, and this helpful infographic highlights the key differences.