According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to the increasing globalization and the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States, employment of interpreters and translators with professional certifications is projected to grow 29% from 2014 – 2024.
Interpreters are skilled at converting meaning from one spoken language to another. Healthcare (or medical) interpreters and translators have an important role in facilitating communication for non-English speaking patients and family members because they allow doctors, nurses and other medical staff to communicate effectively and accurately with their patients. Community interpreters must be sensitive to patients’ personal circumstances and maintain high levels of confidentiality and ethical standards.
Healthcare Interpreters are often found in a variety of healthcare related settings such as hospitals, clinics, private practice, specialty care clinics, pharmacies, occupational therapy sites, and community resource departments and may be employed in roles such as front office, in-room assistants, technicians and other medical staff. Interpreters may work in departments such as diabetes education, urgent or acute care, doctor’s visits, health fairs, physical therapy, women’s or pediatric services.
If you are bi-lingual and working in a position which may require you to be a liaison to someone who has limited or non-English speaking proficiency, this program will give you the skills to become an invaluable resource to your patients, community and organization.
CSUSM alumni & students receive a 15% savings. Call to register and receive your savings!
Read about May Zidan, a recent gradute using her certificate to help train other interpreters.