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Spanish Healthcare Interpreter Training

Spanish Healthcare Interpreter Training

Start a flexible freelance career or obtain a staff hospital position in a high-demand field. Linfield's unique Spanish-specific training is approved by the Oregon Health Authority and meets the 60-hour training requirements for certification or qualification.

Refine your interpreting skills and knowledge, ethics, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology taught from a cross-cultural perspective. Our training includes extensive oral practice in Spanish and English with instructor feedback in preparation for national exams.

Program at a glance


Apr. 10 - Jun. 23


Fully online



(books not included)

Requirements and additional information

Textbooks you'll need

This training course is approved by:

  • The Oregon Judicial Department, Court Language Access Services, has pre-approved this training program for ten general credits and ten language-specific credits. Interpreters will need to provide a certificate of completion to Court Language Access Services
  • The Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for one ethics and five general Continuing Education Credits
  • The American Translators Association (ATA) for five Continuing Education Points
  • The National Association for Health Professionals for CEU credits for those already certified through NAHP


Eligibility for this course

In order to be eligible for this course, you must have:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Advanced-level proficiency in English and Spanish

Language testing

If you are a student without a degree completed mostly in Spanish from a Spanish-speaking country, you will need to pass an oral placement interview for Spanish.

If you are a student without a degree completed mostly in English from an English-speaking country, you will need to pass an oral placement interview for English.

This non-credit program is not eligible for Title IV funding.

This course meets the 60-hour training requirements for healthcare interpreter certification or qualification by the Oregon Health Authority

Meet your instructor

Michael Woods, M.A. in Contemporary Latino/Hispanic Studies, is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ through the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and an Oregon Certified Health Care Interpreter. He also completed extensive doctoral coursework in Spanish sociolinguistics and has taken courses in interpretation and translation. He has been interpreting since 2017 and has more than 12 years of experience teaching Spanish at the community college and university level.

portrait of Michael Woods
Michael R. Woods, MA, CHI™
Linfield Online Instructor


*Refunds are not issued once the course has begun.