Healthcare Interpreting

Healthcare Interpreting

We are not currently enrolling students into the Health Care Interpreter Associate Degree Program. Check out our Continuing Education Healthcare Interpreting option.

What it's about

The Healthcare Interpreting curriculum prepares individuals proficient in English and a target language to work in a healthcare environment as entry-level bilingual professionals, providing communication access to care and services to those whose language of preference is other than English.

Jobs available

  • Healthcare/Medical Interpreter (Spanish)
  • Bilingual Administrative Support positions in Healthcare/Medical Settings (i.e. Front Office Assistant, Receptionist, etc.)
  • Patient Navigator
  • Healthcare Interpreting Certificate/Associate Degree can enhance language
    skills and qualifications for bilingual positions in nursing, medicine, and
    pharmacy, as well as various allied health positions.


American Translators Association -

U.S. Department of State, Office of Language -

Critical Link Canada—National Council for the Development of Community Interpreting -

Courses you'll take

Course work includes an overview of the American healthcare system, roles and responsibilities of the healthcare interpreter, ethical issues, basic human anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology. Students will acquire skills associated with interpretation between English and a target language.

What you'll gain

Graduates should qualify for entry-level jobs as professional bilingual interpreters in a variety of healthcare settings. The healthcare settings may include hospitals, physician offices, clinics, health departments or apply language skills to other human service related areas.


Apply on DCCC's website and meet with an enrollment counselor.


Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective, professional written and oral communication skills with clients and with appropriate individuals in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Use critical thinking to recognize and analyze situations and to provide communication access to care and services to those whose language of preference is other than English.
  3. Use technology and other resources in the administrative functions of healthcare interpreting. 
  4. Display professionalism by projecting a positive and understanding attitude, working as an advocate for the non-English speaking client, and showing initiative and responsibility. 
  5. Work with the non-English speaking client and with healthcare agencies in a legal and ethical manner.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of healthcare interpreting. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Transfer Credit for Healthcare Interpreting Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for healthcare interpreting courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite HCI course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.