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Medical Interpreter Certificate

Program Requirements
High School Diploma or equivalency.  No medical background necessary.  Bilingual in Spanish and English.  Submit written Language Assessment and participate in Verbal Assessment.  Submit a completed Program Application.  Working knowledge of computers and access to computer and Internet are required. 

Skills Assessment & Application Process
To enroll in the Medical Interpreter Certificate program, students must be bilingual in Spanish and English. 

The Language Assessment and Verbal Assessment can be found here.   To complete the Language Assessment, please read the article and email a written response to the questions found at the end of the article to Angela Kyriacou at akyriaco@kennesaw.edu.   
To complete the Verbal Assessment, you will be asked questions about the article and you will be required to respond in Spanish.  Please email Angela Kyriacou at akyriaco@kennesaw.edu to arrange a time to complete the Verbal Assessment. 

Lastly, please complete and submit the online Program Application.

Upon satisfactory completion of the Assessment and Program Application, you may proceed to register for the program.

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the prerequisites for this program?
High School Diploma or equivalency.  No medical background necessary.  Bilingual in Spanish and English.  Submit written Language Assessment and participate in Verbal Assessment.  Submit a completed Program Application.  Working knowledge of computers and access to computer and Internet are required.  To enroll in the Medical Interpreter Certificate program, students must be bilingual in Spanish and English. 

What will I learn in this program?
The Course Syllabus for this program lists the concepts covered and learning objectives of the program.

What certification exam will I be eligible to take upon successful completion of this program?
A certification exam is not currently offered for this program.  For more information on state and national requirements, visit the International Medical Interpreters Association website.

Does the College of Continuing and Professional Education provide job placement?
The College does not provide job placement or career counseling for students.  Due to the reputation of our healthcare programs, area employers periodically contact us with job opportunities.  We notify recent program graduates via email with any job postings related to their field of study.

What financial aid options are available for this program?
The College of Continuing and Professional Education offers our students a number of financial aid options, including Continuing Education Loans, Employer Education Vouchers, Military Education Benefits (GI Bill, VA, and TA), MyCAA, and Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  Please visit our website to learn more about these options.  Since the College of Continuing and Professional Education does not offer credit courses, we are unable to process traditional forms of financial aid such as Hope Grant/Scholarship, Pell Grant, and Stafford Loan, nor do we require you to complete the FAFSA. 

What are the state requirements for this program?
There are no state requirements for formal training or certification of Medical Interpreters.  The state of Georgia does not currently require licensing.  However, many students choose to obtain a national certification or industry recognized credential in their field of interest.  Not only does a national certification give you the ability to earn a credential, but it also demonstrates a commitment to your profession.

What can a graduate of this program expect to earn?
The College does not guarantee employment or salary expectations upon graduation from a program.  As of November 2011, Salary.com estimated the wage for an experienced medical interpreter position in Georgia to begin at $32,399 (annual). 

What additional books or supplies may be needed for this program?

All textbooks required for this program are available at the KSU Center Bookstore.  The hours are Monday - Thursday, 4:00 – 8:00pm and Saturday, 8:30 – 11:30am.  Please call the KSU Center Bookstore for textbook availability at 678-797-2342.  No additional supplies are required for this program.