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Medical Interpreter

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 30-538-1 

 

For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Classes are taught at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Health Education Center (HEC), 1311 North Sixth Street
(Sixth Street and McKinley Avenue.)

Overview — This two-semester program prepares you for employment to facilitate communication between patients with limited English proficiency and medical personnel. It will enhance your nonverbal communication, knowledge of regional language variations and cultural nuances required for effective medical interpretation.

Personal attributes that will contribute to success as a medical interpreter include: Spanish/English proficiency, effective communication and interpersonal skills, conscientious work habits as related to punctuality and attendance, empathy to work with patients with limited English proficiency, and the ability to perform efficiently and accurately under pressure.

 

Career Outlook — This program prepares you to provide interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency and families whose primary language is Spanish. The increasing need for professionals within this growing field is due to our changing demographics, the need to provide quality of care through effective communication, the demands of cost efficiency, patient satisfaction and federal laws requiring language assistive services. For additional career information, visit imiaweb.org or www.ncihc.org.

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Aurally comprehend spoken English and Spanish
  • Construct syntactically correct sentences (both oral and written) in both Spanish and English
  • Correctly utilize medical terminology in both English and Spanish
  • Comprehend written materials in both English and Spanish
  • Render sight translations from either English to Spanish or Spanish to English

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

All credits in this diploma must be earned at MATC with a 2.0 GPA or better.  


Possible Careers:
Medical Interpreter
Medical Translator


Related Programs:
Medical Assistant
Health Unit Coordinator

Start Date: August

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

SIXTEEN-WEEK TERM 

Credits

 

 

MEDINT-107

Bilingual Medical Terminology 

4

 

 

MEDINT-103

Introduction to Medical Interpretation ‡

3

 

 

MEDINT-104

Applied Medical Interpretation 1

3

 

 

MEDINT-108

Ethics and Standards for Medical Interpreters

2

MEDINT-101

Cultural Awareness 

3

 

 

MEDINT-102

Spanish Regionalisms and English Variants

1

 

 

MEDINT-106

Introduction to Medical Translation

2

MEDINT-110

Applied Medical Interpretation 2 

2

MEDINT-112

Dual Language Enhancement for Healthcare Providers 

3

MEDINT-111

Applied Medical Interpretation 3 ‡

1

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 24

 

 

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

All credits in this diploma must be earned at MATC with a 2.0 GPA or better. 

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.