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|Healthcare Interpreter Certificate
Total Units: 27
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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.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Facilitate linguistic and cultural communication between patients (clients) with limited English proficiency (LEP) and healthcare providers in a variety of health service areas.
- Discuss and implement ethical standards of practice.
- Demonstrate bilingual medical language proficiency.
- Employ various technical aspects of interpreting to improve effectiveness.
- Utilize healthcare interpreter roles and skills in different modes of interpretation.
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 7||Intercultural Communication||3.00|
|ENGL 1A||College Composition||4.00|
|HCI 180||Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting||1.50|
|HCI 180L||Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting Lab||0.50|
|HCI 181||Fundamentals of Healthcare Interpreting||2.00|
|HCI 181L||Fundamentals of Healthcare Interpreting - Lab||1.00|
|Healthcare Interpreter Requirements - complete 15.00 units|
|HCI 182||Developing Healthcare Interpreter Competencies||2.00|
|HCI 182L||Developing Healthcare Interpreter Competencies - Lab||1.00|
|HCI 183||Healthcare Interpreting: Externship Seminar||1.00|
|HCI 183L||Healthcare Interpreting: Externship||2.00|
|HLC 160||Medical Terminology||3.00|
|Complete a combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:|
|ANAT 58||Introduction to Human Anatomy||3.00|
|HLC 140 AND||Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology||1.00|
|ANAT 140||Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology||2.00|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:|
|SPCH 1A||Introduction to Public Speaking||3.00|
|SPCH 60||Communication Skills||3.00|
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.
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