Language Interpreter for Health Services
20-credit Technical Diploma
Program Code 30-538-1
Language interpreters facilitate communication between limited English-speaking patients, and their physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers, to convey accurate messages. Gain knowledge needed to provide medical language interpretation for limited English-proficient patients and families. Interpreters are skilled in spoken and written translation and interpretation, nonverbal communication and nuances of various dialects and subcultures.
How Long It Will Take
Full-time students can complete this program in two semesters.
The next available semester start will be fall 2021.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Some online/hybrid courses are available. The core courses are only offered in the evening, but the general studies courses vary.
What Makes This Program Unique
- Engagement in other programs allow the Language Interpreter student to experience real-life situations.
- All healthcare providers are utilizing certified language interpreters in their healthcare settings.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page. Please note, you will need to complete a background check in order to begin core courses.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment (Reading and Writing).
- Complete Spanish Language Assessment.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2021 Start
- Submit application by August 2, 2021
- Complete checklist items by August 9, 2021
Spring 2021 Start
- This program cannot be started in spring.
Summer 2021 Start
- This program cannot be started in summer.
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
Financial Aid Eligibility
For this program, financial aid only covers courses. Loans and other aid will be prorated.
Learn more about financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$34,000 – $53,000 annually
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you have an extensive vocabulary of multiple languages, are objective and a good listener, a career in medical interpreting may be for you. Those working in this field must have strong memory, recall and comprehension skills, practice good judgment and understand medical terms. Health language interpreters should also be aware of cultural differences.
- Medical Interpreter
- Language Services Specialist
- Lab Scheduler/Spanish Bilingual