Medical Interpreting Certificate (online course offered spring semester)
This multilingual fully online course is intended for UMass undergraduates, graduates, and non-affiliated professionals*. Students apply interpreting theory and practice in a medical setting by completing weekly exercises. Knowledge and skills covered include medical terminology, word derivations, abbreviations, memory retention, note-taking, interpreting modes, standards of practice, ethics, multicultural decision-making, and more.
This course will be offered again in spring 2018 (for more details see below). Please be advised that the class fills quickly.
*Open to interpreters, translators, bilingual health workers, nurses, doctors, hospital administrators, therapists, social workers, and anyone interested in improving the quality of bilingual health care.
Requirements include an advanced knowledge of one language other than English (LOTE), a general knowledge of scientific concepts, and the desire to improve interpreting skills. If we feel that your language skills are not sufficient to pass the course, you may drop the course in the first two weeks and receive a full refund.
Cost & Enrollment Information
The cost for the course $438 per credit plus a $45 registration fee, or a total of $1359. You may register online, by mail or fax, or in person.
Registration for spring 2018 course offering start Nov. 6, 2017. If you are a non-degree seeking students, in other words new to UMass and not admitted into a program, you will need to get set up to register in Spire by following the instructions and submitting this form ahead of time:
CPE Registration Office
213 Whitmore Bldg., UMass Amherst,
181 Presidents Dr., Amherst, MA 01003-9313
Students will be billed for the class. Billing information will be sent to your email address. Paper bills will not be generated. Overdue bills may result in administrative withdrawal and referral to a collection agency, plus collection costs. If you have billing questions, email the CPE billing representative, call 413-545-0337 or visit the Office of the Bursar website.
Class begins on Jan 22, 2018. Add/drop ends Feb. 5. The last day of classes is May 1, 2018. Students passing the course will receive a certificate in Medical Interpreting issued by the Translation Center and are eligible for 3 hours of academic credit. Please feel free to contact Cristiano Mazzei, Director of Translator and Interpreter Training, via email or phone 413545-6688, if you have any questions.
This program is intended for UMass undergraduates, although graduate students are welcome to apply as well. It is an introduction to the theory and practice of language interpreting, and open to any language pair. Students will learn about the history of interpreting, modes and theoretical models, ethics and standards, as well as skills & techniques to work as interpreters in a variety of settings. This program is not a certification (no such thing exists in the United States except for court interpreters in a few languages and ASL interpreters), but serves as basic preparation for future studies and work in the field.
To receive the certificate program in Interpreter Studies, students must complete the following courses: six courses or 18 credits; two courses are taken in each of the following three areas: interpreting, English, and at least one foreign language.
A. Interpreting Studies—COMPLIT 581 and 582.
B. English—two courses (300 level or above) selected from English, American studies, communication, linguistics, journalism, political science, economics, business, history, etc. Courses must include a writing component in English.
C. Foreign Language—two courses (300 level or above) in at least one language other than English. These are advanced foreign language courses in language, literature, culture, translation, composition, business, or communication. Residency abroad for at least one semester is optional and can replace one of the two courses required in languages other than English. In addition to language study, it is possible to pursue a semester of study at the Interpreter’s School of Zurich (DOZ).
Enrollment & Information
To enroll in Interpreting Studies I students must have already achieved an advanced intermediate fluency in the language(s) with which they will work (residency or study abroad is recommended though not required before enrolling). Students must complete both Interpreting I and II and receive a grade of B or better to be eligible for the Interpreting Studies Certificate. Enrollment in the Interpreting courses is through SPIRE.
For more information, contact Moira Inghilleri, Director of the Interpreting Studies Certificate Program.