60 million people in the U.S, and 3 million New York City residents alone, do not speak fluent English. The demand is growing for trained interpreters to help doctors and patients communicate. The Medical Interpreter Certificate prepares students for a rewarding career as a Medical Interpreter ̶ one of the fastest growing professions in the nation.
Are you interested in a career that helps doctors and patients communicate effectively and avoid dangerous misunderstandings? According to the US Department of Labor, job growth for interpreters is expected to increase by 46% between 2012 and 2022, which is considered much faster than average. The demand for skilled interpreters in healthcare is growing. Imagine if you couldn't communicate with your doctor to describe your symptoms or explain your medical history. The ability for patients and doctors to communicate is fundamental to the patient’s safety and comfort. The Medical Interpreter Certificate at Hunter College’s Continuing Education will prepare you for your career as a medical interpreter by:
- Implementing hands-on practice through role play, group practice, and an optional 150-hour shadowing practicum offered at the completion of the program
- Presenting video demonstrations of effective interpretation techniques
- Providing a training manual, Exercise & Role Play handbook, and a ‘Medical Terminology for Interpreter’ handbook
By successfully completing this program, students will meet a key prerequisite of National Certification for Medical Interpreters.
Tuition for the Medical Interpreter Certificate is $1,250 plus a one-time $35 registration fee. To register online, visit our online registration portal listed below and enter course code CERMEIN.
You may browse schedule options and register as a new or returning student. Students must be proficient in English and any second language.
View or download the Medical Interpreter course schedule and check out open house information below. You may also browse 'General Information' to learn more about the benefits of registering for Continuing Education certificate programs.