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Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Health Sciences Total Units: 27
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2020


The program is on hiatus until further notice, please check back in Fall 2021.

The Healthcare Interpreter Certificate of Achievement prepares students who are bilingual (proficient in English and a second language) to work in a variety of healthcare settings facilitating communication between clients and healthcare providers. Students will follow standards of practice for different modes of interpreting, strengthen their medical bilingual language proficiency, cultural competency, and knowledge of California healthcare systems to assist limited-English proficient (LEP) clients to receive optimal medical care. Students may be exposed to people who are injured, chronically or acutely ill, and experiencing other major life events.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Facilitate linguistic and cultural communication between patients (clients) with limited English proficiency (LEP) and healthcare providers in a variety of health service areas.
  2. Discuss and implement ethical standards of practice.
  3. Demonstrate bilingual medical language proficiency.
  4. Employ various technical aspects of interpreting to improve effectiveness.
  5. Utilize healthcare interpreter roles and skills in different modes of interpretation.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Healthcare Interpreter Certificate program are:

  • Complete 27 units from
    • Healthcare Interpreter Prerequisite Requirements
    • Healthcare Interpreter Requirements

Healthcare Interpreter Prerequisite Requirements - complete 12.00 units
COMM 7Intercultural Communication3.00
HCI 180Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting1.50
HCI 180LIntroduction to Healthcare Interpreting Lab0.50
HCI 181Fundamentals of Healthcare Interpreting2.00
HCI 181LFundamentals of Healthcare Interpreting - Lab1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
ENGL 1ACollege Composition4.00
ESL 10ESL College Composition4.50
Healthcare Interpreter Requirements - complete 15.00 units
HCI 182Developing Healthcare Interpreter Competencies2.00
HCI 182LDeveloping Healthcare Interpreter Competencies - Lab1.00
HCI 183Healthcare Interpreting: Externship Seminar1.00
HCI 183LHealthcare Interpreting: Externship2.00
HLC 160Medical Terminology3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANAT 58Introduction to Human Anatomy3.00
Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology1.00
ANAT 140Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COMM 1Introduction to Public Speaking3.00
COMM 60Communication Skills3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2020

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2021

Previous Versions:

Healthcare Interpreter - effective Fall 2018
Healthcare Interpreter - effective Spring 2017

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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