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Medical Interpreter Certification programs
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Sara Senft  Identity Verified
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Aug 24, 2008

I live in the North-Eastern United States. Do any of you know what programs are available in this area for medical interpreter certification?

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Ana Castorena  Identity Verified
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Only Washington and California offer Certification Aug 24, 2008

Hello Sara,

It's my understanding that Washington state and California are the only states that offer certifications you can take training classes in all other states and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the classes, in Virginia Northern Virginia AHEC, offers a 40 hour training class, it is very complete, although I would have liked that they offered beginners and advanced, you can try to search bridging the gap and find a class near where you live, also check these out,
I don't know if it's even near your area but it might give you some help to start.

Good Luck!


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Javier Wasserzug  Identity Verified
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National Medical Interpreter Certification Forum Sep 6, 2008

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Medical Interpreter Certificate Programs Sep 1, 2009


Boston University has a great program for MEdical Interpreting Certificates. You can check them out at:

Umass Boston has one as well

I have also heard the Harvard Extension school does too. I just can't find a link.

An extra link:

Medical Interpreter Certificate Programs in the Bay Area??

I'm currently looking to find program for Medical Interpreter Certificate Programs in the greater SF/Bay Area California? Would anyone know of any programs? Thanks so much in advance for your time!


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Alexandra Goldburt
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California used to have a medical interpreting exam, administered by Cooperative Personal Services. However, the exam has not been given for the last two years (approx.) and there are currently no plans to resume it. Those who inquire about it are told to take Court Certification instead.

There are training programs in California (Southern California School of Interpretation is one of them), which issue a certificate upon successful completion of the course, but this is different from a State issued certification.

And National certification now is only in the plans (as you can see from the links given in this thread) - it doesn't actually exist yet.

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56 hour Medical Interpretation Course approved by IMIA in NYC only $500 Mar 23, 2010

There is a medical interpretation course which is approved by IMIA located in NYC. The course is only $500. It includes:

Pre and Post Training Screening of Participants

· Medical Vocabulary - Highly Advanced Medical Vocabulary in Target Language

· Role-Playing: More than 70 intensive role-playing sessions with different encounters

· Peer observation and critique

· Daily Medical Vocabulary quizzes

· 1 Lesson book

· Medical glossary

· Possible internship in a medical setting

Students have come from Washington D.C.; Buffalo, NY; New Haven, CT to take this course.

Courses are in-person and held throughout the year.
iinterpreters is also prepared to travel to other areas if a large enough group qualifies for the course.

Write or call to take the Free English exam to see if you qualify for the course.

[Edited at 2010-03-23 16:42 GMT]

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Online Medical Interpreter Training (50-75 hours) Apr 12, 2010

Hello everyone.

Culture Advantage offers online medical interpreter training based on the IMIA standards. This is a flexible, instructor-led, independent study program that includes anatomy and medical terminology, standards and ethics, and roles of the medical interpreter. This program prepares the participant to work in an entry-level position as a medical interpreter. Experienced interpreters with no previous training may also take the program as a refresher course or to review for the national certification exam.

PrePaid Package currently $495.00. Weekly payment plan available.

Advantages of the program:
Save money on travel and time off from work by studying from your home at your convenience.
It is self-paced so you can complete the lessons as fast or as slow as you need to be.
It is instructor-facilitated with personalized replies from the instructor. You are encouraged to call or email with any questions.
Flexible payment plans. Weekly payments available. PrePaid Package with discount. Or you may pay per course as you go along.
The instructor is a registered nurse with diverse experiences in the healthcare setting. Examples are taken from real-life setting with emphasis on patient safety.
Participant may complete 50 hours or 75 hours training at no extra charge.


Program is listed in the IMIA directory. Instructor is the IMIA Kansas State Representative and adheres to the IMIA guidelines. We continually upgrade our courses to meet or exceed the national standards.

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