Health Care Interpreter: Prerequisites
Students interested in either the Health Care Interpreting Training course or the Health Care Interpreting for National Certification for Practitioners are required to prove language proficiency. According to the OAR 333-002, applicants seeking HCI qualification or certification must provide written verification of the successful completion of formal training at an Authority approved training center. Required subjects include Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Physiology, Concepts and Modes of Health Care Interpreting, and Health Care Interpreting Ethics. Applicants must meet or exceed the minimum training requirement for the credential being sought.
Candidates for HCI qualification or certification must demonstrate language proficiency in both English and their second language (L2). The language in which the candidate obtained their high school diploma will serve as verification of proficiency in that language. Authority approved language proficiency testing centers or equivalent requirements may be used to demonstrate proficiency in the other language.
Students are encouraged to review the Oregon Health Care Interpreter Council on Language Proficiency Requirements Protocol for HCI Qualification and Certification to determine if they already can prove language proficiency.
If you do not meet these expectations, the Oregon Health Care Interpreter Council and CLIMB for Health Professionals recognize the following organizations as meeting the test needs for entry into CLIMB’s courses. You must obtain high Intermediate from either organization in order to be accepted into either of CLIMB for Health Professional’s courses.
Applicants MUST fill out the following application and submit it with the required documentation as stated on the form before registering: HCI Application deadline for Spring Term is March 15. Download HCI Application.
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