Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training
The Spanish Health
Care Interpreter Training prepares bilingual individuals to serve as Health
Care Interpreters in medical settings and meets the Oregon Health Care
interpreter law standards for training and education qualification. Information about Health Care Interpreter
Certification in Oregon.
The course is offered in partnership between the Oregon Area Health Education
Center and Central Oregon Community College and is delivered in a blended
format including online instruction, classroom instruction and clinical
The course fee is
$1675 (includes books/materials) and is paid in two payments. This is a
noncredit course and is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. There is also a
$40 non-refundable application fee due with the application. Additional costs
include a background check, urine drug test and immunizations to meet clinical
site requirements (these costs are not included in course fee).
COCC is accepting
applications for the 2014-2015 course between June 2 and July 7, 2014. The 2014 Information/Application includes course content and delivery
methods, language requirements, pre-assessment application form, reference
form, course schedule and clinical requirements. This document will help you
understand the course requirements and review the schedule for the upcoming
Criteria for Health
Care Interpreter Course Applicants:
- Be fluent in English
and Spanish; ability to change languages back and forth easily, and maintain a
fast and smooth pace.
- Have some experience
Have an interest in
becoming a health care interpreter.
Be 19 years of age or
Minimum education of a
High School Diploma or GED.
Have knowledge of or
work experience in/with Spanish speaking populations.
Be computer literate
and have access to high-speed internet.
Pre-Entry Oral and
Written Assessment for Language Proficiency
Prior to being
accepted in the course, applicants will participate in a bilingual oral
interview covering such subjects as reasons for wanting to practice health care
interpreting, background, education and experiences that will contribute to
being a successful health care interpreter. Criteria used in evaluating oral
interviews include grammar, appropriate word usage, clarity of speech, pace and
appropriate pronunciation in both Spanish and English. In addition to the oral
interview, applicants will complete written assessments, which includes
answering questions, English to Spanish translation, Spanish to English
translation and reading comprehension assessments. The interviews will be held on
July 14 and 15, 2014 at COCC. Candidates who submit a completed application,
reference form and $40 application fee by July 7 will be contacted the week of
July 7 to schedule the pre-entry assessment appointment.
2014-2015 Spanish HCI
Printable Flyer (pdf)
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