Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training
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: http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/oei/pages/index.aspx.
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
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.
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
- Have a computer with a reliable high speed internet connection
(not dial up)
- Have a web camera to participate in weekly online sessions from
- Must not be on the Medicaid Exclusion list: http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov
Language Proficiency Requirement
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
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)
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
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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