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Spanish-English Health Care Interpreter Training

If you live in Eastern Oregon, you may qualify for a full (100%) scholarship during this inaugural program offering. Please contact Courtney Valenzuela (EOCCOmetrics@modahealth.com) for the discount code.

This Health Care Interpreter Training course meets the formal education requirements for your OHA Oregon Health Care Interpreter credential.

Health Care Interpreter Training

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:

  • health care interpreting ethics
  • consecutive and simultaneous interpreting
  • remote interpreting skills
  • performance evaluation for constructive feedback to peers

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.

Building a Career

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.

Course Dates

  • Oct 28: In-person Session for Modules 1 and 2, 8am-12pm
  • Nov 4: Virtual Session, 12-2pm
  • Nov 18: In-person Session for Modules 4 and 5, 8am-5pm
  • Nov 28: Virtual Session, 12-2pm
  • Dec  9: In-person Session for Modules 7 and 8, 8am-12pm

Course Overview

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

Health Care Interpreter Prerequisites

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.


Program Partnership

This course was developed in partnership with the College of Public Health and Human Services with funding from EOCCO.



Coming Winter 2023
Eight weeks | Asynchronous
Online and Onsite
price (2)
$630 for students in Eastern Oregon Counties (Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, or Wheeler)
Additional Information: Hermiston, OR
Hermiston Ag Research and Extension Center
2121 S First St, Hermiston, OR


Felicity Ratway

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.


Past Students' Work

Take a look at some recent projects our students have created.