Medical Interpreting Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Medical Interpreting I AHE101-see note* Fall 3 ESL099 or ENG090 and ESL099 or RDG095 or placement
Health Employment Issues AHE104 Fall 3
Medical Terminology NHP180-see note** Fall 3
Computer Course CIT Fall 3
Medical Interpreting II AHE102 Spring 2 AHE101
Medical Interpreting Internship AHE299 Spring 1 AHE102
Communication Skills for Health Care AHE117 Spring 3
Total Credits 18

Additional Information

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*Note: A grade of B- or better in the Medical Interpreting I course is required for progression in the program.
**Note: NHP180 course description is found under the Allied Health heading.

This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus as a part-time evening program.

Students will be assessed in both English as well as their primary language. English will be assessed with either the Accuplacer Computerized Placement Test (CPT) or the Accuplacer ESL Level of English Proficiency Test (LOEP). The student’s primary language will be assessed by an examination administered by the program. This exam requires the student to write and speak in both English and their primary language. Sections include demographic information, vocabulary, interpretation, and written paragraphs in each language regarding medical interpreting. Applicants to this program are required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. The outcome of the CORI/SORI check may impact the student’s ability to participate in the clinical experience. Students must maintain a grade of B- or better in all required courses.

Admission Requirements:

Students must apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and: 

  1. Possess a High School Diploma or GED Certification. 
  2. Complete college placement tests in English and reading.
  3. Place out of, or complete ESL level 3 courses with grades of B or better.
  4. Place out of, or complete, ENG 095 and RDG 095. 
  5. Be literate in their native language.
  6. Be fluent in English. 
  7. Provide evidence of health insurance and complete a health form.

When they have completed the admission requirements, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

Program Overview

This program prepares students, through lectures and hospital-based clinical experience, to be medical interpreters in a variety of health care settings.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Medical Interpreting Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, chronic care facilities, and health maintenance organizations as medical interpreters.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Take the certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. 
  • Assist the health care team by serving as a certified medical interpreter between the patient or the patient’s family and the health care provider.