Medical Interpretation Certificate: Spanish

If you are fluent in both English and Spanish, you may be interested in a rewarding career as a Spanish medical interpreter. Demand for the job is growing due in part to a more diverse population and increased focus on hospital care and safety. Medical interpreters provide a vital service bridging the gap between physicians and patients from the time patients register in a healthcare facility to the moment they are discharged.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for interpreters and translators is expected to grow by 29% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Although most interpreters need a bachelor’s degree, the most important requirement is to have native-level proficiency in English and another language. Job prospects are best for those who have a professional certification. 

Earn Your UNLV Medical Interpreter Certificate

UNLV Continuing Education is now offering the Spanish Medical Interpretation Certificate Program to prepare students to become certified medical interpreters. Classes focus on understanding the complexities of interpretation, the roles and responsibilities of a medical interpreter, use of relevant medical terminology and its context, and the development of interpretation skills. Students must be fluent in Spanish and English, be at least 18 years of age, and have a high school diploma or GED.

Program Requirements:

To earn the Medical Interpretation: Spanish Certificate you must register for the certificate application course 173LA9999B and successfully complete five required core courses in the order listed.
  • Introduction to Medical Interpreting
  • Medical Terminology & Specialties I
  • Medical Terminology & Specialties II
  • Medical Consecutive Interpreting
  • Medical Simultaneous Interpreting & Sight Translation
  • Medical Interpretation: Spanish Certificate Program Comprehensive Final

The program will also prepare students for national certification. For additional information on national requirements, please visit the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters site or the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreting site. Requirements are similar for both organizations.  

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