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 practicum.

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 2014-2015 training.

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 in interpreting.
  • Have an interest in becoming a health care interpreter.
  • Be 19 years of age or older.
  • 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.

Additional Documents for Review:

2014 Information/Application (pdf)

2014-2015 Spanish HCI Class Schedule-Bend (pdf)

Printable Flyer (pdf)


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