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Oregon AHEC Bilingual Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training

Next Course Starts Early 2018 - Documents below are from our February 2017 course and are for informational purposes only. 

The Spanish Health Care Interpreter 156 hour training (6 months) 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: The course is offered in partnership between the Oregon Area Health Education Center (AHEC) 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 ($975 due February 1, 2017; $700 due June 20, 2017). This is a noncredit course and is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Additional costs include a background check and TB test to meet clinical site requirements (these costs are not included in course fee).

The 2017 Spanish Health Care Interpreter Application & Information Packet (pdf) includes course content and delivery methods, application form, language proficiency requirement, reference form, important dates, and clinical requirements. Please note that this information will be updated for the 2018 course, this link is meant for information only.

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 written literacy in both Spanish and English
  • Have some experience in interpreting (informal, volunteer, family-based is acceptable)
  • Have an interest in becoming a health care interpreter
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Minimum education of a High School Diploma
  • Have knowledge of or work experience in/with Spanish speaking populations
  • Have a computer with a reliable high speed internet connection (not dial up)
  • Have a web camera to participate in weekly online sessions from home
  • Must not be on the Medicaid Exclusion list:

Language Proficiency Requirement
This course is delivered bilingually in Spanish and English, so applicants are required to include documentation of language proficiency in both languages with their application. See page 2 and 3 of the application/info document for more information on language proficiency documentation.

Applicants who graduated from an English-speaking high school are required to obtain language proficiency documentation in Spanish. Applicants who graduated from a Spanish-speaking high school are required to obtain language proficiency documentation in English. Options to meet the language proficiency requirement are listed on page 11 of the application document or on the Language Proficiency Checklist link below. Please include a copy of your high school diploma with your application.

February 2017 Course Documents (these will be updated for the 2018 course):
2017 Spanish Health Care Interpreter Application & Information Packet (pdf)
4-page Application Form Only (pdf)
2-page Reference Form Only (pdf)
2017 Important Dates (pdf)
OHA Language Proficiency Requirements (pdf)
Language Proficiency Checklist (pdf)  

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What Makes Our Training Unique?

  • 6 Month Training (156 hours)
  • Bilingual delivery in Spanish & English
  • Includes medical terminology and anatomy in both languages
  • Online & self-study plus monthly Saturday sessions in Bend - great for working students 
  • Clinical practicum to apply learning in a health care setting    

Join our Spanish Health Care Interpreter Interest List using the link below.  Information will be sent to you via email as it becomes available.  For questions, please call 541.383.7270. 

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