Language Interpreter for Health Services

22-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.
  • Review gainful employment information.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Wage Range: $20.02 - $22.00/hour
    • Average Hourly Wage: $22.01
    • Three-year Avg. Hourly for Full-time Related Employment: $18.00

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 538-103 Language Interp-Intro3  
 802-166 Spanish for Interpreters2  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 538-104 Language Inter/Med Field3  
 538-106 Span/English Vocab Hlth Field3  
 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies3  
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 538-105 Language Interp Med II3  
 538-107 Ethics for Medical Interpreter1  
 802-186 Spanish Dialects1  
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.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. 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.