Medical Interpreting Courses

Are you interested in becoming a medical interpreter? Or do you wish to enhance your medical interpreting skills and become certified?

The Medical Interpreter Training Program is intended both for individuals who are new to the interpreting profession and those who are already working as interpreters and wish to enhance their knowledge and skills.  Individuals who wish to attain medical interpreting certification will find that this course has absolutely everything they need.

This highly interactive course allows students to acquire critical knowledge through a variety of rich media content, while participating intensively in practical exercises that include simulations. These simulations are not simple scenarios, but rather virtual environments in which the student directly affects the outcome of the course’s practicum and gains valuable critical thinking and decision-making skills.

Course completion can take up to 90 hours and students have 12 months to finish.  To attain a certificate of completion for the medical interpreting course, and to gain access to the certification preparation course and practice test, the entire comprehensive Medical Interpreting Program must be successfully completed.

V.I.I.’s medical interpreting course includes:

  • Introduction to medical interpreting/Basic concepts: The medical setting; the triadic encounter; the medical interpreter’s role; cultural issues
  • Effective triadic encounter management in several medical sub-settings: Emergency, triage, routine care, surgery, internal medicine, maternity, pediatrics, prescriptions, and follow-up care
  • Communication best practices and common pitfalls: Appropriate linguistic registers; terminology building techniques; speech analysis and synthesis; active and effective listening; managing the cultural divide; the child patient; assertiveness and visibility; stress management
  • Ethics and standards: Concepts and issues specific to medical interpreting settings
  • The culturally-competent interpreter: Overview of CLAS and similar standards and legislation; protection, prevention and self-preservation; accurate linguistic and cultural adaptation; provider and patient education
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • Medical terminology education for interpreters in the areas of anatomy, medical etymology, diagnostics (radiology and laboratory), and pathology
  • Medical interpreting as a business: Understanding your target market, and how to gain employment as a professional medical interpreter

Optional module:

  • Medical certification test preparation and practice test (Note: These materials are based on guidelines provided by CCHI, but the course covers all of the content relevant to any medical interpreting certification program).

Please note that all of Virginia Institute courses are accessible for the visually-impaired.