RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE – PORTUGUESE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

2022-23 Portuguese/English Medical Interpreter Training Certification Program (CCS)

Language gaps and a lack of cultural competence can be challenging in any situation, but in healthcare settings such miscommunication can have major consequences. Rhode Island College has been creating new interpreting programs to help bridge those gaps, developed by talented women who have had similar life experiences when dealing with interpreting for their families or communities. Using Portuguese and American Sign Language, these women are working to instruct more bilingual health-care interpreters, building a more cultural and contextually competent workforce to serve the many speakers of other languages throughout Rhode Island.

Read the full RIC News article here: 

https://www.ric.edu/news-events/news/interpreting-programs-ric-reduce-health-gaps-closing-language-gaps

 

2022-2023 CCS in Portuguese/English Medical Interpreter Training (Certificate of Continuing Studies):

 

Part 1: Fall 2022: Medical Terminology and Cultural Responsiveness in Portuguese (8/29/2022 – 12/20/2022)

 

Class modality: Hybrid – In-person on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:50 pm; online (Laboratory).

 

Description: The medical interpreter program is built on the National Standards for Healthcare Interpreter Training created by the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare. In this class students acquire basic knowledge of common medical conditions, treatments, and procedures, and bridging linguistic and cultural competency between clients and providers for specific communities necessary in the art of interpretation. Two types of interpretation will be instructed and practiced: consecutive interpretation and sight translation.

 

4.5 CEU units.

 

Part 2: Spring 2023: Portuguese/English Medical Interpreter Training (Certificate of Continuing Studies)

 

Class modality: TBA

 

Description: The medical interpreter program is built on the National Standards for Healthcare Interpreter Training created by the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare. This course provides training for bilingual individuals to develop awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective language interpretation in health care settings. The three types of interpretation will be instructed and practiced: consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation and sight translation.

 

At the end of this course students will sit for national certification from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI); and take the ALTA Medical Interpretation Assessment in Portuguese/English.

 

7.5 CEU units.

 

Contact: Dr. Sílvia Oliveira, Program Coordinator, soliveira@ric.edu

 

Information and enrollment: 

https://www.ric.edu/department-directory/office-professional-studies-and-continuing-education/certificate-continuing-study-programs/portuguese/english-medical-interpreter-training