Healthcare Interpreting (Certificate)

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*This program is offered 100% ONLINE*

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting seeks to appeal both to practicing professionals and candidates who aim to obtain high-end interpreting abilities in the medical and healthcare interpreting areas (translation of medical records, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting capabilities, cultural and patient-doctor mediation skills). This program is offered fully online using video streaming technology. Students take 15 credits (5 courses) of graduate classes.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal interview (Online or in person).
    • Letter of recommendation.
    • Submission of a short essay in Spanish.
    • Satisfactory performance essay on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
    • A translation test waiver may be granted to applicants who hold a state or federal court or medical interpreting license.

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Gabriel Gonzalez Nunez

    Phone: (956) 882-7658

    Office: Brownsville Campus, MAIN 1.520

    E-Mail: gabriel.gonzaleznunez@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: 

    • This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.
    • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.
  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 5
    TRSP/SPAN 6342: Translation Workshop: Spanish-English 3
    TRSP/SPAN 6343: Translation Workshop: English-Spanish 3
    INTG 6376: Consecutive Interpreting 3
    INTG 6377: Simultaneous Interpreting 3
    INTG 6380: Medical Interpreting and Terminology 3
     
    Total credits required 15
     

    Course Descriptions

    INTG 6376: Consecutive Interpreting               [3-0]

    Intensive practice in consecutive interpreting with close reference to actual usages among professional interpreters in the United States.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 4342 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    INTG 6377: Simultaneous Interpreting              [3-0]

    Intensive practice in simultaneous interpreting with close reference to actual usages among professional interpreters in the United States.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 4342 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    INTG 6380: Medical Interpreting and Terminology              [3-0]

    Intensive study of English and Spanish Medical Terminology with a close focus on Medical Interpreting professional practice, code of ethics and translation of medical records.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 6342 and 6343 or departmental approval.

    TRSP/SPAN 6342: Translation Workshop: Spanish-English              [3-0]

    Intensive review of translation techniques and intensive practice of translation from Spanish into English covering a variety of text typologies, including but not limited to general informative texts, literary texts, and technical texts. Taught in Spanish and English.

    Prerequisite: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or instructor’s approval.

    TRSP/SPAN 6343: Translation Workshop: English-Spanish              [3-0]

    Intensive review of translation techniques and practice of translation from English into Spanish covering a variety of text typologies, including but not limited to general informative texts, literary texts, and technical texts. Taught in Spanish. All papers, and examinations in Spanish.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or instructor’s approval.