MEDICAL INTERPRETER TRAINING COURSE
Boston is home to residents with diverse cultures, backgrounds, and languages. As such, there is an increasing demand for bilingual and bicultural interpreters in the healthcare setting.
Fundamentals of Medical Interpretation is a 60-hour training course that was developed to enable participants to become competent medical interpreters. The course introduces participants to basic interpreter roles and skills, interpreter ethics, and basic medical terminology in both English and the target language.
Basic anatomy and physiology is taught by an experienced instructor who is a clinician. Language coaching and role-plays in the target language are offered by experienced interpreters who are native speakers of the target language.
The program incorporates competency skills in: medical terminology, culture, and delivery of health care; interpreting in the primary care/pediatric setting, and for mental health, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS patients.
ALL STUDENTS MUST ATTEND TO AN ORIENTATION SESSION IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ENROLLMENT. PLEASE CHOOSE AN ORIENTATION DATE THAT YOU WISH TO ATTEND. YOU ONLY NEED TO ATTEND A SINGLE ORIENTATION, PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF TWO AVAILABLE ORIENTATION DATES LISTED BELOW.
The Medical Interpreter Training course scheduled
for Boston has been cancelled.
||Boston Area Health Education Center
||729 Massachusetts Avenue
Miranda Creamer Building, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
||(508) 756-6676 ext: 18
Language Assessment pre-test
To be accepted into the program, applicants must pass a Language Assessment pre-test and demonstrate fluency and literacy skills in English and the target language. The Language Assessment test consists of a 1-hour written test and a 15-min oral language test that includes translation of basic medical terminology from English into the target language and vice versa. The applicants need to get 75% on the test to pass it.
The languages included in the training depends on the total number of applicants and the language that each applicant represents. Language Link needs at least (4) applicants under the same language to pass the the exam in order to have that language represented in the training.
For example, if only (2) applicants that speak French pass the exam, we would not be able to include French language in training due to the fact that only (2) French speaking applicants passed the exam instead of four (4) or more.
Who Should Attend:
Bilingual individuals interested in becoming medical interpreters; bilingual health care staff who wish to improve their skills and increase their medical terminology.
Cost of attendance is the following:
The full price is $900 (non-refundable $50 fee for registration and $850 for the training).
In order to be considered for admission you must:
- Be bilingual in English and another language.
- Pass the language assessment test with a grade of 75 or higher.
- Complete and mail the signed Application Form with a check for $50 (non-refundable registration fee payable to AHEC)
Training participants must meet all of the following pre-requisites in order to participate in the training program:
- High school diploma or equivalency;
- Oral proficiency in English and target language (to be determined during screening interview);
- Ability to read and write at a basic level in target language;
- Successful completion of language assessment tool that includes the evaluation of both oral and written skills;
Evaluation of pre and post scores will determine the level of competency skills acquired by the participant and the over-all program success;
Participants will evaluate each session; Practicum experience will be evaluated by the student and the interpreter site preceptor.
Certificate of Completion:
Upon successful completion of training and payment, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Our training programs use the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (AHEC) medical interpreting curriculum. Some of our training programs are sponsored by the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance, in partnership with the MassHealth Access Program, the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Mass AHEC. Lectures are conducted by well-qualified and respected professionals in the field. All courses are handicap accessible and take place in Boston. If you need an ASL interpreter or materials in alternative formats, please let us know when you register so that we can meet your needs.