Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Training Program

Spanish/English Medical Interpreter

Training Program

Course Delivery

Online

Total Credits

41 Credits

About the Spanish/English Medical Interpretation Training Program

The Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Training Program is a 44-hour training program designed for bilingual individuals who speak English and Spanish and work in the medical field or in a healthcare setting.


Upcoming Course

Spring 2023: NURS 4000 Spanish/English Medical Interpreter
Class Number: 39870
Dates: 02/27/2023 -  04/02/2023
Tuition: $950.00* 

* online course fee - $100

For more information about the upcoming course, please contact Sharon Clark at sclark4@uccs.edu.


Focus of Study

Our unique approach features live web chat sessions for hands-on language practice, setting us apart from other interpreter courses. By actively using the language, you'll be better prepared for a successful career in medical interpreting. Plus, with mandatory live chat sessions led by an expert instructor, you'll receive the individualized attention and guidance you need to succeed.

All sessions will be held in Colorado/MST time and the schedule will be provided through an online platform.


Program Requirements

The Medical Interpreter course is designed for bilingual individuals who have fluency in both English and Spanish. This comprehensive course provides the necessary training and education to become a skilled and valued medical interpreter in the healthcare field.

Pre-assessment Evaluation
A pre-assessment evaluation is required for admission into the course.

The evaluation, conducted by an expert instructor, is a qualitative oral exam that will assess the candidate's proficiency level in Spanish. Based on the exam results, candidates may be classified by the following levels:

Basic Less than 10 Points
Advanced 10 - 15 Points
Master 15 - 20 Points

Candidates who are evaluated as Master level are eligible to enroll in the course. Candidates who are evaluated as Advanced may be considered on an individual basis. Candidates who are evaluated as Basic are recommended to take a beginner course, such as NURS 2470, before enrolling in the interpreter program. The final decision for admission into the class will be based on the candidate's score and the instructor's discretion.

It is important to note that fluency in both languages does not automatically qualify an individual to serve as a medical interpreter. The course does not require a degree, but participants must demonstrate a high level of fluency in both English and Spanish. The pre-assessment evaluation does not require prior knowledge of medical or technical linguistic awareness.

To request a language pre-assessment, email sclark4@uccs.edu. To learn more about the Medical Interpreter course or to schedule your pre-assessment evaluation, please contact an Extended Studies Representative.


Program Coursework

For program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.


Required Text

Required Text available in the UCCS Bookstore (medical reference section):

  • Medical Spanish Made Incredibly Easy! [Paperback] Springhouse
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Third edition (June 2, 2008)

Program Disclosures

The UCCS Spanish/English Medical Interpreter course meets the requirements for future interpreters and translators certification, offered by the International Medical Interpreters Association.

Refund Policies
There are no refunds on non-credit courses dropped after the course census date.  Students can see the census deadline(s) in their student portal, after they register for the courses, by clicking on the calendar icon in their class schedule.

Disclosures: Non-Credit - Certificate of Completion - Not notated on transcript - Not Financial Aid Eligible

These Programs are NOT gainful employment certificates and are NOT eligible for financial aid. Degree seeking students should consult with their student advisor prior to taking non-credit courses. For a full description of UCCS certificate types and policies please visit:

UCCS Campus Policy (200-023): Certificate Programs