Medical Interpreter Career Information

A Medical Interpreter's Vital Role

"Healthcare interpreting takes place in healthcare settings of any sort, including doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, home health visits, mental health clinics, and public health presentations. Typically, the setting is an interview between one or more healthcare providers (doctor, nurse, lab technician), health care team(s) and a patient (or the patient and one or more family members)." 
National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC)

Medical interpreters must uphold strict standards of practice to ensure that individuals with limited language proficiency have effective access to health care. In addition to rendering all messages accurately and completely, medical interpreters maintain impartiality and confidentiality in all their interactions, and may also play the role of patient advocate and intercultural mediator.

Medical Interpretation Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for interpreters is projected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations. It also states that job prospects are better for those who hold a professional certification.

With the professionalization of medical interpreting, many hospitals and healthcare professionals now require interpreters to be certified by a recognized Healthcare Interpreter credentialing organization such as the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). A healthcare interpreter may work for government agencies like the Department of Public Health, for private healthcare institutions, or may also work as an independent contractor.

In California, medical interpreters are eligible to work in Workers' Compensation cases, such as medical-legal evaluations, appeals board hearings, arbitrations, and depositions.

This program is specifically designed to prepare students to pass the Medical Interpreter Certificate Exam of the the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).

NOTE: The certificate of completion earned from the Medical Interpretation course does NOT authorize participants to use the designation "Certified Medical Interpreter."

For further information on the profession and certification, contact:
Phone: (765) 633-2378
Web: National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters