Program Overview

Community Spanish Interpreter - Medical Certificate

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The Community Spanish Interpreter curriculum prepares individuals to work as entry-level bilingual professionals who will provide communication access in interview and interactive settings. In addition, this curriculum provides educational training for working professionals who want to acquire Spanish language skills.

Course work includes the acquisition of Spanish: grammar, structure, and sociolinguistic properties, cognitive processes associated with interpretation between Spanish and English; the structure and character of the Hispanic community; and acquisition of communication skills.

Graduates should qualify for entry-level jobs as para-professional bilingual employees in educational systems or a variety of community settings. Individuals may choose from part-time, full-time, or self-employment/free-lance positions, or apply language skills to other human service related areas.

Service Learning

Each program requires service learning involving 10 hours or more of interpreting services for non-profit organization(s). It is performed outside of class time and students cannot be compensated for their interpreting services.

Information and Spanish Placement Test Session

It is mandatory that students who wish to enroll in the program attend an information session and Spanish placement testing. View the dates below in the Upcoming Events section.

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Spring Application Deadline is Oct 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees



Main Campus

Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

8 months

Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MED-121 Medical Terminology I 3
MED-122 Medical Terminology II 3
SPI-111 Cultural & Ethical Issues 3
SPI-243 Medical Interpreting I 3