Make a positive change by helping people in your community.
- As a healthcare interpreter, you will help facilitate communication between patients and doctors, nurses or medical staff. You will be an invaluable resource to non-English- speaking patients and will work with patients from all different cultural backgrounds to help them navigate their medical situations.
Train quickly with no prior skills necessary.
- Complete your training at CSUSM starting September 11 and be ready to enter the workforce as a qualified interpreter in just 14 weeks. The only requirement is that you speak English and at least one other language. Learn how to use your bilingual skills to start or advance your career in the growing healthcare industry.
Enter a growing job market.
- According to recent studies, due to increasing globalization and the number of non-English-speaking people in the U.S., employment of interpreters and translators will increase 29 percent from 2014 to 2024. Additionally, the median pay for a healthcare interpreter is at $46,120 per year and growing1.
Work in a variety of settings.
- Healthcare interpreters are trained to work in hospitals, community clinics, pharmacies, private practices, occupational therapy sites, specialty care clinics, community resource departments and many more.
Gain expert instruction locally.
- Maribeth Bandas, who has more than 20 years of translation experience, teaches this certificate program on the CSUSM main campus. She is the co-founder and vice president of BEAM Translation and Media Corporation located in Carlsbad and previously held the position of translator at the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition