Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training

Oregon AHEC Bilingual Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training


Join us for a free information meeting:

October 3, 2016  (5:30-6:30pm)
Boyle Education Center, Room 155
Cost FREE        CRN 49776

or

October 26, Wednesday  (5:45-6:45pm)
Boyle Education Center , Room 155
Cost FREE        CRN 49780

To register, call 541-383-7270 or Register Online Now (Adobe Flash required).          

If you live outside Central Oregon and would like to attend the information meeting virtually, please contact Nancy Jumper njumper@cocc.edu.

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Next course begins January 7, 2017
Completed Applications due November 15, 2016

The Spanish Health Care Interpreter 152+ 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 practicum.  

The course fee is $1675 (includes books/materials) and is paid in two payments ($975 due December 7, 2016; $700 due May 1, 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.

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: http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov

Language Proficiency Requirement
Because this course is delivered bilingually in Spanish and English, applicants are required to include documentation of language proficiency 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. Please include a copy of your high school diploma with your application.

Other options to meet the language proficiency requirement are listed on page 11 of the application document.

January 2017 Training Documents:
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)

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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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Spanish HCI Training

What Makes Our Training Unique?

  • 6 Month Training (152+ 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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