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Spanish Medical Interpreter

SouthWest Skill Center Program

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EMCC NEWS -- Spanish Medical Interpreter program translates patient care

If you have an interest in the health and medical industry, and are proficient with both English & Spanish, you would be a good candidate for the Spanish Medical Interpreter program. Bilingual individuals who would like to interpret or pursue a career in a healthcare setting can gain skills necessary to interpret in a manner consistent with national standards of practice for interpreters in health care.  

Interpreting is a value-added skill that enhances bilingual healthcare communication. According to the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, an interpreter renders a message orally into another language while abiding by a professional code of ethics.

To promote successful program completion, students are strongly encouraged to take a medical terminology course prior to enrolling into the Spanish Medical Interpreter program. Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate of Completion (CCL) and are prepared to sit for the Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI) exam (www.healthcareinterpretercertification.org) .

Convenient for your busy schedule, this program may be completed in approximately 24 weeks.

The SWSC at EMCC became the only testing center in Arizona to offer the national certification exam for Health Care Interpreters in the languages of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic through the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI.)

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Employment and Wages vary from state to state, so for your convenience, we provide a direct link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Interpreters and Translators below:


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