Medical Interpreter

Medical Interpreter Certification

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2012), roughly 1.8 million residents of New York City have limited English proficiency. That means there is a great demand to understand English to communicate effectively with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers. New York City law requires all hospitals to provide medical interpreting services to help eliminate the language barrier and protect patients from misunderstandings or harm. The need for qualified Medical Interpreters has never been greater.  

Program Information

This 102 hour curriculum is designed to train entry-level medical interpreters in English/Spanish to meet the needs of doctors' offices, hospitals, emergency rooms, and other medical facilities. Many hospitals now rely on telephone interpreters to assist patients. CCNY’s Certificate in Medical Interpreting is the only one of its kind to incorporate Telephonic Interpreting as part of its curriculum. Students also receive targeted assistance with resume writing, interview skills, and career development.

  • Includes consecutive, simultaneous, sight, and phone interpretation
  • Member of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC)
  • Expert instructors who are practicing medical interpreters
  • Preparation for national certification exam included
  • Incorporates resume-building and interview skills 


This course offers participants an introductory understanding of the role of the Spanish-English interpreter in healthcare settings. The course provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop abilities and skills needed to meet the criteria established by the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the International Medical Interpreters Association. 

Click HERE to review the Medical Interpreter (Spanish/English) Certificate Program Handbook.

About the Instructor
Christian González has over 10 years experience working as a Certified Spanish Health Care Interpreter and Certified Legal Interpreter in hospitals, private medical offices, and the U.S. court system. Mr. González earned his B.A. in English/Spanish Interpretation and Translation from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is certified by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters. 
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