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Medical Interpreter


Medical Interpreter

Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, nurses or medical office staff, or those looking to develop skills may benefit from this program. Students will be introduced to Hispanic cultural appreciation, idioms and regional dialect adaptions, along with ways to brush up on their 2nd language skills. We also provide information on how to present yourself professionally, tips on marketing, state and local business requirements, good tax and accounting practices, and more.


More Information and Registration


This program requires students to be bilingual in Spanish and English with a near-native fluency in the target language. High School Diploma or equivalency is required. Must be eighteen years or older. Submit a completed Program Application and a Written Assessment. Students scoring 70% or better on the written assessment will be contacted via email to set up an appointment for an oral assessment via phone with our instructor. No medical background is necessary. Computer and Internet access are required to participate in this course.

The Interpreter Written Assessment and Program Application are located online. The instructions are here.

National Certification

One requirement of national certification is successful completion of a 40-hour course on Medical Interpreting. Our extensive Oral Interpreting practice also will help you prepare for taking the exams on the national level. Visit the International Medical Interpreters Association website for more information obtaining a national certification.

What You’ll Learn
  • Learn and identify human anatomy in both languages
  • Translate medical documents from English to Spanish
  • Communicate common medical terminology in written and verbal formats
  • Participate in bilingual discussion, interviews, and presentations
  • Understand the ethics and roles of a Medical Interpreter
Financing Options
  • Interest-free payment plans available on a case-by-case basis
  • VA Education Benefits
  • WIOA funding
  • Continuing education loans
Top 10 Advantages of the Program:
  1. Taught by national CMI professional with high-level bilingual fluency
  2. Practice interpreting during the majority of your 10-week schedule
  3. Saturday classes: Fits with your schedule and leaves time on the weekend
  4. Learn vocabulary, cultural norms, and protocols of various healthcare settings
  5. Fulfills the National Board’s 40-hour requirement
  6. Financial Aid Options: Payment plans, VA and WIOA
  7. Online resources available during the course to support your learning
  8. Free 1-day course on how to set up your interpreter business for success and tips on networking and growing your career
  9. Free parking, modern classrooms and computer labs
  10. The quality and reputation of KSU on your certificate
Get in Touch

For more information, email languages@kennesaw.edu

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