Language Interpreter student.

Language Interpreter for Health Services

21-credit Technical Diploma

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Language interpreters serve as the liaison between patients with limited English skills and physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. They facilitate communication between the two parties, ensuring an accurate message is conveyed. In the Language Interpreter for Health Services program, gain the knowledge needed to provide consecutive or simultaneous medical language interpretation services for limited English proficient patients and families. Interpreters are skilled in spoken and written translation and interpretation as well as the nonverbal communication and nuances of various dialects and subcultures.

  • Prepare for jobs such as medical interpreter, language services specialist, interpreter or lab scheduler/Spanish bilingual.
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish – including speaking clearly and accurately and writing grammatically correct in both languages – to enter the program.
  • In addition to the admission process, a language proficiency exam is required.
  • Please note: this program is offered in an evening-only format.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $34,896

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Program Code 30-538-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 538-103 Language Interp-Intro3  
 501-104 Culture of Healthcare2 *
 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies3  
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 538-108 Medical Interpreter I3  
 802-186 Spanish Dialects1  
 501-150 Exploring Medical Language 12 *
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 509-309 Medical Law, Ethics & Profess2  
 538-109 Medical Interpreter II3  
 501-151 Exploring Medical Language 22 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

501-104 Culture of Healthcare 2
809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

There are currently no program specific college credit agreements for Language Interpreter/Health Services. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

General Agreements

There are currently no general college credit agreements for Language Interpreter/Health Services. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.