Become a Spanish/English Medical Interpreter
Medical interpreters work in hospitals, clinics, and healthcare environments where patients and healthcare professionals require interpretation between Spanish and English. This 100% online course will prepare you to interpret medical terminology between English and Spanish. Using simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation skills, you will be ready to serve in a variety of hospital and medical specialties.
Job Outlook for Medical Interpreters
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects interpreters and translators to earn around $24.92 per hour or $51,830 per year on average. Specializing in medical terminology and earning certification as a medical interpreter greatly enhances career opportunities for interpreters who wish to serve in the healthcare field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 19% job growth among interpreters and translators over the coming decade, which is faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.
Medical Interpreter FAQs
WHAT DOES A MEDICAL INTERPRETER DO?
According to the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), the interpreter's most important role is to facilitate comfortable and clear communication between patients and healthcare professionals.
WHERE CAN MEDICAL INTERPRETERS WORK?
Generally, medical interpreters work in any healthcare setting where health-related interviews between a healthcare provider and a patient are held. Interpreters may also serve in other healthcare-related services, such as financial assistance.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EXCELLENCE AS A MEDICAL INTERPRETER?
The NCIHC lists six key qualifications for effective medical interpreting:
- Language fluency
- Ethical conduct
- Cross-cultural understanding
- Health and medical terminology
- Real-time interpreting skill
- Correct interpretation of instructions
HOW DO MEDICAL INTERPRETERS GET CERTIFIED?
Certification is an assessment process by which a professional organization tests and approves a medical interpreter's qualifications. Certification includes the assessment of language, terminology, ethics, and the interpretation process.
IS CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT FOR MEDICAL INTERPRETERS?
Certification indicates that a professional has undergone a rigorous and well-organized program of study and passed a recognized examination. It provides a clear understanding of an interpreter's capabilities and a commitment to excellence.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERPRETER AND A TRANSLATOR?
Interpreting involves spoken communication, while translation is dedicated to written documents. Medical interpreters help patients and healthcare professionals to communicate through spoken conversations and interviews.
- Develop best-practice interpreting techniques using simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation methods
- Learn medical terminology in Spanish and English, and transfer terms into the opposite language
- Understand social and personal protocols for interpreting on behalf of Spanish-speaking patients
- Master the medical interpreter's code of ethics
- Prepare to sit for a Spanish Medical Interpreter examination
Prerequisites and Requirements
There is no formal education requirement for either language, but bilingual Spanish and English fluency is required.
Introduction to Medical Interpretation
Introduction to Medical Interpretation
Sight Translation for Medical Interpreters
Nestor Wagner is a Certified Medical Interpreter as well as a Certified Court Interpreter. He has been teaching interpreters since 1990. He contributes to the certification process for immigration interpreters and analytical linguists. He is active in the professional and scholarly community for advancing interpreting skills. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Washington.
Registration and Enrollment
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