The Extended Basic Medical Interpreting Training is a 60-hour course now being offered on a rolling basis.
The first class started Nov. 6, 2020 being offered on weekends. Another course started mid-December, with weeknight sessions. A third class began in July, 2021, offered on two weeknights and Saturday afternoons. More classes are being scheduled.
This course will continue on a rolling basis, making it convenient for interested students who prefer weekends or weeknights.
This is a virtual course (using Zoom) where students sign in on their computers or tablets, making it easily accessible during the COVID-19 environment. (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 and In-House Certification, 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 Oral and Written Exam at the end of the course. This course follows the 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 and In-house Certificate 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 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).