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Oregon AHEC Bilingual Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training
Next Course Begins in 2021
The application deadline for the course beginning February 1 is January 17. Please review the application document linked at the bottom of this page and if you have questions, please contact Nancy Jumper at If language proficiency testing is needed, please allow at least two weeks prior to the deadline to test and receive results.

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About Our Course:
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.

Course Costs:  The course fee is paid in two payments and includes books/materials. For accepted students, the first payment of $450 is due January 21, 2020 and second payment of $750 is due June 2, 2020. This is a noncredit course and is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Additional costs include a background check ($65), MyClinicalExchange fee ($50), and TB test (cost varies) to meet clinical site requirements (these costs are not included in course fee). Partial grants provided by COCC’s Foundation are available to assist with the second payment for those with financial need (up to $450, depending on number of students requesting financial assistance). With the support of PacificSource Community Solutions and COCC’s Foundation, one can estimate paying a total fee of $750 (without this financial support, the total course fee is $1750). For additional questions regarding COCC Foundation grants, please contact Nancy Jumper, Please note that grant applications will only be accepted from students who have applied and been accepted into the course.

Application Process: Potential students must complete an application to be considered for acceptance. Please review the Spanish HCI Bend Application Information Feb 2020 (pdf) document for detailed information, which includes information about application requirements, course structure, and course schedule.

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 (see Language Proficiency Requirement below)
  • Have written literacy in both Spanish and English
  • Have some experience in interpreting (informal, volunteer, family-based is acceptable)
  • Be 18 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
  • 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 OHA Language Proficiency Requirements (pdf) for acceptable documentation for each language.


Spanish HCI Bend Application Information Feb 2020 – 13 pages (pdf)
Spanish HCI Calendar Feb 2020 (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

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NOTE: The Oregon AHEC Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training at Central Oregon Community College meets the Oregon Health Authority Training Standards.

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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