The Competencies of
a Medical Interpreter

Language proficiency in both the source and target languages

Is culturally appropriate and respectful

Able to interpret effectively, impartially and accurately

Proficient in medical terminology

Follows code of ethics

HEC’s Community/Medical Qualified interpreter curriculum establishes the foundation for all healthcare and community interpreters through specialized training in healthcare, education, and community service interpretation. In addition to expertise in the code of ethics and the modes and techniques of community interpreting, an interpreter must understand cultural systematics that makes communication skills pertinent in healthier & safer lifestyles. Specifically focused on the healthcare system, this curriculum teaches one to master the most common medical concepts, procedures, and terminology.

This is taught by instructors who are members of the communities around you. Their qualifications include advanced degrees, experience as trained medical interpreters, and a personal dedication to increasing access to health care for all. Our instructors have been trained and certified as medical and community interpreters and look forward to making this possible for you. 

The Medical & Community Interpreter Program entails 60-hours of highly interactive practice sessions and role-plays online, in-class, and in real life. Each course accommodates up to 15 participants and on average, requires eight hours of homework, 60-hours in the classroom or hybrid settings, and practicum.

MIP 2018-2019  

57 Students 

Completed 60 Hours 

For more information, please contact
Randi Matzenbacher at or call 860-465-8281

"The 10-week MIP course helped me develop great confidence as an interpreter and prepared me to pass the CCHI certification exam. Thanks to the training I received, my confidence grows with every professional experience and new doors are opening constantly."

-MIP Graduate

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Community and Medical Interpreter?

The Medical Interpreter training is actually a community and medical interpreter training combined that teaches student how to interpret in community and medical setting.

A Medical Interpreter specifically facilitates communication between the medical and healthcare staff and a patient with limited or no English proficiency.  They provide accurate interpretation and translation of critical medical information in direct service to physicians and/or other health care providers who are seeing patients.

Being bilingual is often confused with being an interpreter.  While a person must be bilingual to be an interpreter, interpreting is its own skillset.  Being a bilingual does not automatically make someone an interpreter as it requires a certain level of education to acquire the necessary methods, skills, and accuracy. The Medical Interpreter training teaches students how to be an interpreter.

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Norwich, CT 06360
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