This Health Care Interpreter Training course meets the formal education requirements for your OHA Oregon Health Care Interpreter credential.
In this online and onsite Health Care Interpreter course, you'll learn everything you need to be successful in your work.
Geared toward rural interpreters, this 64-hour hybrid training program covers:
You will learn medical terminology in English and Spanish, and you'll gain the skills necessary to interpret in both simultaneous and consecutive modes in a medical setting.
At the end of the course, you will learn how to take your interpreting skills and build a career in this needed space.
This course is designed to meet the Oregon Health Authority’s training requirements for health care interpreters, and you will be guided through the process of completing applications to be added to the OHA Registry of Certified and Qualified Health Care Interpreters.
We will spend time comparing work as a freelancer and work as an employee, and will talk about work opportunities supporting EOCCO patients in particular.
Finally, this program will offer shadowing opportunities to gain real-world experience with the support of a peer mentor in the field. After completing the training course, you can enroll in a shadowing program to put what you have learned into practice.
1. Distinguish between, identify when to use, and perform:
3. Identify and apply ethical principles to which health care interpreters must adhere.
4. Interpret medical terms accurately, by:
The course is made up of 64 training hours and includes: 16 hours in-person, 4 hours synchronous Zoom sessions, and 44 hours self-paced online.
The course will be accessible on Monday, January 8. There will be a Zoom welcome with the instructor 12pm - 1pm on Friday, January 12th.
Module 1-2 in-person session (in Tangent): 9 am - 1pm PST on Friday, February 2
Module 3 Zoom session: 12pm - 2pm PST on Friday, February 9
Module 4-5 in-person session (in Tanget): 8am - 5pm on Friday, February 23
Module 6 Zoom session: 12pm - 2pm Friday, March 1
In-person session (in Tangent): 9am - 1pm on Friday, March 15
During the eight weeks, we will cover:
Week 1 - Introduction to Interpreting
Week 2 - Interpreting in the Health Care Setting
Week 3 - Ethics
Week 4 - Interpreting Skills (interpreting in consecutive mode)
Week 5 - Interpreting Skills (interpreting in simultaneous mode)
Week 6 - Memory for Interpreters
Week 7 - Note-taking
Week 8 - Next Steps: Working as a Health Care Interpreter
After Course - Shadowing
Before entering the course, you must have:
● A high school diploma or GED.
● Proof of language proficiency in English and Spanish. Examples of acceptable proof of language proficiency can be found here.
If you need to obtain proof of language proficiency, please register for the course at least one month prior to the start date.
This course was developed in partnership with the College of Public Health and Human Services with funding from EOCCO.
Felicity Ratway has a Master’s degree in Interpreting and Translation Studies from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She has been working as an interpreter in Oregon since 2015, and has experience as both an employee and a freelance interpreter.
Felicity has taught a number of continuing education courses for interpreters on topics ranging from medical marijuana to advocacy in interpreting. She has presented at conferences including the International Medical Interpreters Association Conference, the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters Conference, and the Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association Conference.