Language Interpreter for Health Services

Language Interpreter for Health Services

Degree Type

20-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

Less than 1 year

Start Date


How You'll Learn



Language interpreters facilitate communication between limited English-speaking patients and their healthcare providers, to convey accurate messages about health and wellness. Learn to provide medical language interpretation for Spanish-speaking patients and families. Interpreters are skilled in spoken and written translation and interpretation, nonverbal communication and nuances of various dialects and subcultures.

Note: This program focuses on Spanish language interpreting.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • Submit application by August 2, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by August 9, 2021

Spring 2022 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.

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Any computer or tablet
  • Drug screen: $55
  • Immunizations: up to $850

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Admissions Advisor.


Program Details

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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
  • Interpreter
  • Lab Scheduler/Spanish Bilingual

The students enrolled in the Language Interpreter for Health Services program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Language Interpreter for Health Services program are representative of those found in the Language Interpreter for Health Services profession.

Review the Language Interpreter for Health Services Technical Standards.

$38,300 – $74,800 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.

For this program, financial aid only covers courses. Loans and other aid will be prorated.

Learn more about financial aid.

Please note that some clinical sites require compliance with various COVID-19 safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. Required protocols and measures may include, but are not limited to, receipt of COVID-19 vaccination and proof of same and testing or serial testing for COVID-19. Students may individually address clinical placement requirements with Jenny Clausen, Clinical Placement Specialist.

Reasonable accommodations may be available for students with documented disabilities and/or sincerely held religious beliefs. Students seeking accommodation due to documented disability should contact the Student Accessibility Office. Students seeking accommodation due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact Jonathan Pedraza in the Student Development Office.

What Makes This Program Unique?


Engagement in other programs allows the Language Interpreter student to experience real-life situations.


All healthcare providers are utilizing certified language interpreters in their healthcare settings. Language interpreters are a vital part of the healthcare team and are required to be certified when serving both patients and providers.


Upon completion of this program, be prepared to take either of the two national certification exams: National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters and Certification for Healthcare Interpreters.

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