Medical Interpreter

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 31-538-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma, Bilingual
  • Start Dates: August

About the Medical Interpreter Diploma


This is a program for bilingual students.

Interpreters form a vital link in providing better healthcare. This program prepares you for employment to facilitate communication between patients with limited English proficiency and medical personnel.

The increasing demand for professional medical interpreters can be attributed to the need to provide quality care through effective communication and federal laws requiring language assistive services.

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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
MEDINT-102 Spanish Regionalisms and English Variants 3
MEDINT-103 Introduction to Medical Interpretation ‡ 3
MEDINT-104 Applied Medical Interpretation 1 3
MEDINT-107 Bilingual Medical Terminology 5
MEDINT-112 Dual Language Enhancement for Healthcare Providers ‡ 3
MEDINT-101 Cultural Awareness 3
MEDINT-106 Introduction to Medical Translation 3
MEDINT-108 Ethics and Standards for Medical Interpreters 3
MEDINT-110 Applied Medical Interpretation 2 ‡ 3
 MEDINT-111 Applied Medical Interpretation 3 ‡ 3
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course



‡ Prerequisite required.
All credits in this technical diploma must be earned at MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Fall Start: Petition for program in March (only one time a year)

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Interpret bilaterally into English or Spanish in real time
  • Render oral sight translations from English and Spanish texts
  • Translate English and Spanish documents into target language

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.

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Possible Careers

Medical Interpreter
Medical Translator
Bilingual Healthcare Finance Counselor
Bilingual Special Care Assistant
Bilingual Patient Navigator
Bilingual Patient Representative
Bilingual Patient Registrar

This program is being developed as a Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

The following are required for admission:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average required is 2.0
  • Successfully complete an oral and written English/Spanish assessment. 
    • Please contact Program Chair, Rodney Ramos, directly to set up a time to take the assessment.
  • Fall Start: Petition for program in March


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Last updated: 08/30/2021