The Extended Basic Medical Interpreting Training is a 60-hour-plus course now being offered on a rolling basis. Latest 2023 course details.
The first 60-hour course was offered in the fall of 2020, followed by more classes over 2021, 2022 and 2023.
This is a virtual course (using Zoom) where students sign in on their computers or tablets, making it easily accessible. (REGISTER NOW.)
To take the course, candidates have to pass a language screening in both languages. Some of these screenings are completed in-house and others with an independent screening company. The screenings are usually done over the telephone.
During the course, candidates will be evaluated in both languages to ensure their competency and accuracy. To receive the Certificate of Completion, the candidate must: be present for all class sessions (opportunities will be available for make-up classes), successfully pass all in class work/practice sessions, successfully pass the testing at the end of the course. This course follows the U.S. National Standards for Interpreters in Health Care and will prepare the candidate to take the National Certification Exam given by CCHI, if they choose to do so. (Those interested in taking this National Certification Exam should discuss it with the trainers to ensure they qualify and are ready. Note: Tuition for this class does NOT include the cost of the National Certification Exam.)
The Letter of Completion will be proof that the candidate has successfully completed the course and he/she can submit it to potential employers. The candidate’s name will also be listed on the Highlanderccom.com website as further proof of meeting interpreter qualifications.
The tuition cost of $750 includes course fee, study and work materials, and screening charge. A down payment of $150 is due prior to the start of the course. If the full tuition is paid in advance, there is a $50 discount. Students may choose an easy payment plan: $50 per 4-hour module (or $150 per weekend/week). New York State Department of Labor (Oneida County office) has a tuition assistance program for qualifying students. Ask us about it.
The curriculum includes practice and role plays to help the interpreter gain confidence in many medical settings and circumstances. Syllabus (outline of curriculum).