Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training

Oregon AHEC Bilingual Spanish Health Care Interpreter Training

For information on future classes (late 2016 or early 2017), please sign up for our mailing list using the "Sign Up Now" button below. Information will be email as it becomes available.

The Spanish Health Care Interpreter 150+ 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. This is a noncredit course and is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Additional costs include a background check, urine drug test and immunizations to meet clinical site requirements (these costs are not included in course fee).

The  2016 Spanish Health Care Interpreter Information/Application Packet (pdf) includes course content and delivery methods, language requirements, pre-assessment application form, reference form, course schedule and clinical requirements. Please refer to this for information only, as the January 2016 application period is closed. 

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.
  •  Have a web camera to participate in weekly online sessions from home.

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. 

January 2016 Documents:
2016 Comprehensive Information/Application Packet (pdf)
3-Page Application Form Only (pdf)
2-Page Reference Form Only (pdf)
2016 Calendar Only

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
  • Meets OHA language proficiency requirement


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