Program Overview

Community Spanish Interpreter - Medical Diploma

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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.

Students are required to regularly practice their medical interpreting skills face-to-face, in person, and outside of class with their classmates.

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



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Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

20-21 months

Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
COM-231 Public Speaking 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MED-121 Medical Terminology I 3
MED-122 Medical Terminology II 3
SPA-111 Elementary Spanish I 3
SPA-112 Elementary Spanish II 3
SPA-181 Spanish Lab 1 1
SPA-182 Spanish Lab 2 1
SPA-211 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA-212 Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPI-111 Cultural & Ethical Issues 3
SPI-213 Review of Grammar 3
SPI-243 Medical Interpreting I 3