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Online Translation and Interpreting Certificate

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is launching a fully online 15-credit certificate in translation and interpreting in Spring 2019. It will be offered through the division of Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students can also take individual courses to meet their needs for training or continuing education. For more information, visit



LLC 552: Medical Interpreting


This is a multilingual online course 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. During this course, 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.


Requirements include advanced knowledge of one language other than English (LOTE), general knowledge of scientific concepts, and the desire to improve interpreting skills. If the course instructor feel that your language skills are not sufficient to pass the course, you may drop the course during the first two weeks and receive a full refund.

Cost and Enrollment Information

LLC 552 is offered through Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) and listed under the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

This course will be offered in Spring 2019.

Spring 2019 begins on January 22 and ends on May 1. Students who successfully complete this course with a grade of C and higher will receive a certificate in Medical Interpreting issued by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and are eligible for three hours of academic credit.


Please contact Cristiano Mazzei, Director of Online Translator and Interpreter Training, at or 413-545-6688, if you have any questions.