Healthcare Interpreting Certification Offered at RIT/NTID

NTID News – December 7, 2010

The first certificate program ever available for healthcare interpreting for sign language interpreters is being offered by the American Sign Language & Interpreting Education Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of RIT.

The 12-month Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting program is designed to…

provide specialized professional development to existing ASL/English interpreters in the area of healthcare interpreting.

The program represents an historic initiative to expand educational opportunities in an area of dire need within the interpreting profession.

“There is no certification for healthcare interpreting at this point, but the field is looking to go in that direction,” says Kathy Miraglia, the program’s coordinator. “There is no other program devoted to healthcare interpreting in the country. Some universities offer just one course in medical interpreting. There is no other training in the country that is this comprehensive.”

Students will learn in classrooms on the RIT campus and at medical settings off campus during field observations, where healthcare professionals and other interpreters work.

The Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting program will begin in June 2011 and will employ innovative teaching methodologies delivered by nationally recognized healthcare experts, including a deaf physician. It will feature 160 hours of classroom instruction and practical experience.

Students will learn medical and psychiatric terms, procedures, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, and learn the way that terminology is used in medical settings.

Upon completion, students are awarded a Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting from NTID and will earn up to 16 Continuing Education Units from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

The cost is $800; the deadline to apply for the first class is Jan. 15, 2011.

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