Medical Interpreting Certificate Program
|Course Title||Course Number||Semester Taken||Credits||Prerequisites|
|Medical Interpreting I||AHE101-see note*||Fall||3||ENG095 and ESL099 or RDG095 or placement|
|Vital Signs: Understanding Human Behavior for the Health Care Professional||AHE104||Fall||3|
|Computer Course||CIT 101, CIT 110, OIM102||Fall||3|
|Medical Interpreting II||AHE102||Spring||2||AHE101|
|Medical Interpreting Internship||AHE299||Spring||1||co-req AHE102|
|Communication Skills for Health Care||AHE117||Spring||3|
A grade of B- or better in the Medical Interpreting I course is required for progression in the program.
This program is offered on the Chelsea Campus as a part-time evening program each fall semester.
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 apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and:
- Possess a High School Diploma or GED Certification.
- Be invited to a language assessment.
- Attend an information session.
- Place out of, or complete, ENG 095 and RDG 095.
- Be literate in their native language.
- Be fluent in English.
- Provide evidence of health insurance and complete a health form.
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.
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.