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Medical Interpreting Certificate Program

Certificate -  Allied Health Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
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
Medical Terminology NHP180 Fall 3
Computer Course CIT 101 or CIT 110 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
Total Credits 18
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Health Sciences

Department: Allied Health

Degree Type: Certificate

This is a selective program. View Medical Interpreting Certificate Program Selective Program Application and Instructions

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 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. 

Admission Requirements:

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

  1. Possess a High School Diploma or GED Certification. 
  2. Be invited to a language assessment.
  3. Attend an information session.
  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.

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.

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.