Medical Interpreter: Basic (English/Spanish)

The program below is undergoing Program Discontinuance - see your counselor for further information and visit the college website under www.swccd.edu/catalog link for the latest addenda updates.

Certificate of Achievement
Career/Technical (Major Code: 02325)

Emphasizes English/Spanish medical interpretation skills and knowledge to facilitate communication between healthcare professionals and patients. Provides a foundation for students who desire to become certified administrative and medical interpreters for the state of California.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Student will demonstrate with health professionals and Spanish-speakers proper oral and written communication skills, in Spanish, using correct pronunciation and spelling of Spanish medical terminology and business English; including the use of accurate keyboarding skills and Spanish computer skills for interpretation/translation.
  • Student will analyze and evaluate medical documents or record information and interpret/translate information to the patient and/or health professional in Spanish or English.
  • Student will interpret/translate into Spanish medical terminology related to basic anatomy and physiology terms, and billing and insurance information to the Spanish-speaker.
  • Student will apply personal skills, positive attitudes, cultural awareness, professional medical ethics, and learned front office practice proficiency with health professionals and patients within the medical setting, and apply Spanish translation/interpretation as needed.

Gainful Employment

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Students who complete this program will have acquired the necessary analytical tools to successfully secure gainful employment in the field of study.

For more information regarding the data provided for this program and what it means to you as a student, please feel free to visit our SWC Gainful Employment website at: www.swccd.edu/gainfulemployment.

Program Requirements
BUS 71KEYBOARDING II1-2
or BUS 182 KEYBOARDING FOR OFFICE PROFESSIONALS
BUS 181SPANISH COMPUTER SKILLS FOR INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION3
BUS 210BUSINESS ENGLISH3
MEDOP 21Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) CODING3
MEDOP 41AMEDICAL INSURANCE I2
MEDOP 229MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY---BILINGUAL (ENGLISH/SPANISH)3
MEDOP 231ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL ASSISTING PROCEDURES4
SPAN 215SPANISH FOR BILINGUALS I3-5
or SPAN 225 INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION AND WRITING ON SPANISH CULTURE
Total Units22-25

Students who have completed high school or a higher-level degree in a Spanish-speaking country may waive the Spanish language requirement by submitting a transcript of studies or a diploma from their foreign institution.