Medical Interpreter for Healthcare

Medical Interpreter for Healthcare

Degree Type

16-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

Less than 1 year

Start Date


How You'll Learn



Medical 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.

This program focuses on Spanish language interpreting. You must be fluent in speaking and writing both English and Spanish.

Please note: Health programs require multiple vaccinations, including flu shots. Deadlines vary by program. To be eligible for testing and/or licensing in the state of Wisconsin, you may be required to obtain a social security number.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2025 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Summer 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; 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
  • Viewpoint Screening: $95
  • Immunizations: up to $850

How To Apply

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


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. Medical interpreters should also be aware of cultural differences.

  • Medical Interpreter
  • Language Services Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Lab Scheduler/Spanish Bilingual

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

Review the Medical Interpreter for Healthcare Technical Standards.

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

$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 safety protocols and measures as a condition to placement. 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 Life Office.

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What Makes This Program Unique?


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


All healthcare providers are utilizing certified medical interpreters in their healthcare settings. Medical 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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High School Dual Credit

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Credit for Prior Learning

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