Medical Interpreter Program (MIP)

The Medical & Community Interpreter Program establishes the foundation for all healthcare interpreters by providing specialized training in healthcare, education, and community service interpretation. In addition to expertise in the code of ethics and the modes and techniques of community interpreting, an interpreter must understand cultural systematics that make communication skills pertinent in healthier and safer lifestyles. Specifically, for those of you in the healthcare system, we teach you to master the most common medical concepts, procedures and terminology.
The course entails 60 hours of highly interactive practice sessions and role-plays both online and in-class. Each course accommodates up to 15 participants and on average requires 8 hours of homework.

Practicum: There is a mandatory 8-hour period where students with passing grades will practice what was learned in a real-life setting under the guidance of a qualified or certified interpreter.

MODULES

  • The profession of a Community and Medical Interpreting
  • Identifying the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Legal Foundations of Medical and Community Interpreters
  • Interpreting protocols and skills, strategic mediation, techniques, modes of interpreting, guiding the encounter
  • Medical Terminology for Interpreters and Anatomy & Physiology for Interpreters
  • Cultural Competency and communicating with respect to all cultures
  • Structure and principles of U.S. healthcare
  • Real time, real world interpreter training with qualified interpreters
  • Professional identity and Professional Practice
  • Improving Memory Skills Self-Care and Personal Wellness
  • Complete Practicum that allows for leadership and real-life experience
  • Writing skills & techniques

PREREQUISITES

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass the Language Proficiency Assessment (LPA) with 80% or more (a LPA is composed of 3 segments: General English language (online timed assessment), Medical Terminology language (online times assessment), and a 30-minute oral assessment (via conference call). Candidate must receive a score of 80% on Sections I and II, before taking the oral assessment). There is no additional cost for the test.

SPECIAL REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Capital Community College is proud to partner with the Health Education Center to offer this Medical/Community Interpreter Training course.  The International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) has approved this training program.  Please use the special registration links below to register and pay online with the Health Education Center for the course dates that fit your schedule.

Payment plans are available.

All payment questions should be addressed to the Health Education Center directly.

COURSES

Course Code: FLAN G5017

Date: Jan. 14 – Mar. 19

Day/Time:Tues. & Thur., 4:00pm-7:00pm

Room: 301

Cost: $950.00

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Course Code: FLAN G5017

Date: Mar. 24 – May 28

Day/Time:Tues. & Thur., 4:00pm-7:00pm

Room: 301

Cost: $950.00

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Career Information

The Connecticut Department of Labor reports the entry-level wage for this occupation is approximately $14.01 and the average annual wage is $46,539.  Most interpreter jobs are part-time and on an as needed basis.  Your ability to earn income will depend on your availability and will likely increase as you build a network of employers.  This career is ideal for those wishing to supplement income.

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