Interpreting in Healthcare Settings

COST: $997 + GST


March 21 — April 18, 2023

Interpreting in complex medical and healthcare settings can be professionally challenging as well as emotionally demanding for the unprepared interpreter.

This intensive, interactive course will provide you with the fundamental skills to work in healthcare and medical settings confidently and competently, alongside a variety of health and medical professionals including general practitioners, medical specialists, surgeons, nurses, therapists, and allied health professionals. 

This course will also prepare you for the CTTIC exam to become a Certified Medical Interpreter.

Course Content

  • The role of the Interpreter in medical and healthcare settings – protocols and professional responsibility
  • Critical skills for the healthcare interpreting environment
  • Medical and healthcare terminology
  • Understanding medical terminology
  • Basic illnesses, conditions, and diseases
  • Fundamental terminology for parts and anatomical systems of the body
  • Overview of the healthcare system as well as key organizations and services
  • Introduction to the roles and functions of health and medical practitioners/personnel
  • Models of health and well-being
  • Interactional demands and how to manage interpreting sessions
  • Cultural influences on health and the healthcare interview
  • Intercultural and interpersonal communication skills for healthcare interpreters
  • Working as a healthcare interpreter


  • Interactive role–plays, case studies, and lectures
  • Resources and Links
  • Student Manual included

Course Certificate:

Students that successfully complete this program will receive a Certificate of Completion

Where Bilinguals Come to Learn

A Real Classroom with Real Instructors

What makes The Interpreter’s Lab different is US, the TIL Team – our passion for this work, and our love of teaching. Our courses have been developed with students in mind. Our commitment to your success is our driving motivation. 

All of our courses include the following features:

Flexible Attendance: Learning is best achieved by participating in all the live lessons, but we know that things happen. If you cannot make a lesson, you can catch up by watching the recording of the session.

Extended Access to Training Program: All students have unlimited access to the training program for a period of 3 months from the start of the program. This access includes all the modules, the assignments, resources and the live classroom recordings.
Free Exam: All students are expected to complete the final exam with a 75% grade to qualify for a Certificate of Completion. Students are allowed two attempts at NO CHARGE during the course access period of 3 months.

The Learning Format

Live Instruction/Blended Learning

This course is taught in The Interpreter’s Lab blended learning model which brings together instructor-led lessons and self-directed content that students can complete in their own time.

  • Instructor-led lessons are conducted in a typical classroom setting – in real-time and online
  • Self-directed modules can be done on your own time, as you wish and when it is convenient for you. to give students better access, and more learning options.

Regardless of the lesson format, an instructor will always be available to support your learning.

All courses include the following components:

  1. Live sessions (live means online or offline with an instructor)
  2. Self-directed study
  3. Practical offline assignments

In addition to the convenience, improved access, efficiency, and flexibility that our Blended Learning model gives all our students, the model also allows for continuous updating of resources and links – giving students more learning than ever before.

Length: 50 hours – 15 hours of live instruction, plus approximate 30 – 35 hours of online, self-directed course materials and assignments/ 

Prerequisite: Interpreting in Community Settings – A Foundational Program (or comparable course of study verified through an online entry assessment).

About our Instructors

The Interpreter’s Lab training programs are led by experienced educators who have extensive experience in and knowledge of interpreting – including working in health, mental health, legal and social service settings. Our students gain the skills, techniques, professional standards, knowledge, and competencies necessary to succeed as community interpreters. 


Our curriculum has been developed based on the most promising practices and standards as set by ISO (the International Standards Organization) and the extensive expertise and real-world knowledge of our team.


Material and Technical Requirements

  • Desktop or laptop computer (smartphones or tablets are NOT recommended)
  • Zoom (recent version)
  • Headset / webcam
  • Stable internet (preferably high-speed)
  • Ethernet cable (suggested)
  • Additional device for self-recording (can be a smartphone or voice recorder – must be able to rewind and listen on-demand without issues)
  • Notepad, pen/pencil
  • Ability to access email/online browser simultaneous to the lesson

Why is this course important?

Getting the proper training and strong foundation to work as an interpreter in healthcare and medical settings can be the beginning of a rich career that gets you working confidently alongside doctors, nurses, and other professionals. 

This course will equip you to work in one of the most rewarding and growing sectors of interpreting and includes settings such as acute care, urgent and emergent care, community health, rehabilitative health, pediatric care, specialized settings (oncology, cardiac, renal, etc.) as well as diagnostic services, pharmacology, and social work. 

The Interpreting in Healthcare Settings course will teach you the essential medical and healthcare terminology related to health interviews/assessments, diseases, conditions, treatments, common medications and prescriptions, basic anatomy, diagnosis as well as terms related to the healthcare system, processes and personnel involved. 

This course teaches advanced skills and gives critical preparation for interpreting in all types of healthcare settings. Our courses prepare students to continue learning either independently or through our Membership Programs.

Who should attend?

This course is perfect for new or practicing interpreters who want to advance their career and expand into medical and healthcare settings. This course is suitable for interpreters interested in a short-term, intensive course that teaches core competencies, skills, knowledge, and professional standards, as well as sharing the tools and resources for continued professional development. 

Interpreters who are committed to professional excellence and advancement are welcome to apply to this course. If your goal is to receive real training for the real world, you will find that The Interpreter’s Lab is the place to learn and grow.

Some Important Things to Know:

Interpreting in Community Settings – A Foundational Program is a prerequisite for all our other training programs offered at The Interpreters Lab, but also gives students the solid foundation to start working immediately upon completion.

Fluency is understood as the ability to speak, read and write in a language with accuracy and ease on a variety of general topics. This course will not focus on translation – the written form of language conversion – but students will be required to read in English and their other working language.

View The Interpreter’s Lab – Policy on Attendance and Certificates

Participants must be online, and visible, with their name visible (ensure your name is correctly spelled upon signing in) during the session. To receive a Certificate of Attendance for all Professional Development Workshops and Masterclass courses, participants must in attendance for the full session. Participants must complete any handouts or worksheets as/if and how required by the attending instructor.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions, participate in the chat, and complete any follow-up evaluation or feedback forms.

Visit our Terms of Use for terms and conditions, including our refund policies.

Get this training program as part of a bundle and save!

Training Bundles are an opportunity for you to substantially save on training costs. When you register for a Training Bundle you get two or more courses, with the option of adding workshops as well.

“I am so grateful that I found The Interpreter’s Lab! The most valuable outcome for me has been developing a strong foundation in interpreting theory and practice. I enjoy the supportive and collaborative community that we have built in the class, and I appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience that our instructors, esp. Angela & Young, bring to the course. They have helped me to overcome challenges and to grow as an interpreter. In my opinion, TIL is unique in its focus on developing excellence in interpretation. The program is rigorous and demanding, but it is also supportive and empowering. I would encourage anyone who is considering a career in interpretation to take this training. Beyond the classroom, the TIL team has helped me to connect with employment agencies and to build my professional network. I am confident that I am well prepared to enter the job market and to begin my career as an interpreter. “


TIL Student & Member