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.

Start Date

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.

Courses You'll Take

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.

Credit for Prior Learning

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

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

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.

Career Salaries

$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.

Potential Careers

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

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

There are currently no program specific college credit agreements for Language Interpreter/Health Services. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

There are currently no general college credit agreements for Language Interpreter/Health Services. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


Program Instructors

Aimee Ramos
Melissa Wegner