Healthcare Interpreting

Madison College goes beyond the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters
(CCHI) training requirements. Our instructors are experienced, practicing healthcare interpreters that are dedicated to training the next generation of medical interpreters. We focus on developing strong medical proficiency, building interpreting confidence, and instilling professional and ethical communication skills.

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Certification

Madison College’s Spanish Healthcare Interpreter program prepares you for the national certification exams granted by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). CCHI has established specific eligibility requirements for interpreters applying to CCHI’s certification programs:

  • You must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. high school diploma (or GED) or its equivalent from another country.
  • You must complete at least 40 hours of healthcare interpreter training.
  • You must have linguistic proficiency in English and Spanish.
Introductory

HCI: Introduction

Have you ever been curious about interpreting, particularly in the health care field? Join us for an overview of the profession of medical interpretation. 

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Advanced Spanish for Spanish Speakers

This advanced Spanish class will help you improve your Spanish language skills, whether you learned the language in school or at home.

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Medical Terminology in Spanish

This course is intended for healthcare professionals or interpreters working with Spanish-speaking patients but is open to anyone. 

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Core Training

HCI: Oral Proficiency Assessment

This assessment is required of all students advancing beyond the introductory classes of this program (Intro to the Profession, Spanish Medical Terminology, and Advanced Spanish for Spanish Speakers).

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HCI: Skills 1

This course is designed to teach new interpreters how to interpret consecutively in a medical setting. Emphasis will be placed on learning consecutive technique, expanding medical vocabulary in both English and Spanish, and learning how to manage the flow of conversation in the encounter. Participants will work extensively in small groups practicing with dialogues based on real-life medical encounters.

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HCI: Skills 2

This course is designed to build on the skills new interpreters have acquired in Interpreting Skills 1. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to intervene and clarify appropriately, acquiring more advanced medical vocabulary in both English and Spanish, and learning how to manage the flow of conversation when difficulties arise in the encounter. Participants will work extensively in small groups practicing with dialogues based on real-life medical encounters.

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*Online self-service/enrollment is not available for Health Care Interpreting Skills 1 or 2.

Skills Training

HCI: Ethics

More in-depth training about interpreter ethics for the working medical interpreter. Emphasis will be placed on discussion of case studies and the development of critical thinking to make informed choices about the best course of action. It is recommended that students take this course following Health Care Interpreting: Skills 1.

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Registration

To register, use the course links above to locate an upcoming section and login to add to cart, or note the 5-digit class number and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, for registration assistance.

No application is needed. If you have never taken a class here before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.