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Linfield College
Online and Continuing Education Professional Advancement Programs

Spanish Healthcare Interpreter Training

Dates: June 24, 2018 through September 09, 2018
Location: Online
Cost: $1200 (The cost of this program includes language proficiency test.)
*Books are not included in the cost of this program.

Required textbooks:

Cross-Cultural Communications. Medical Terminology for Interpreters. Columbia, MD: Culture and Language Press, 2007.

Roat, Cindy. Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites. Bloomington, IN: Trafford, 2002.

The University of Arizona National Center for Interpretation. Medical Interpretools: Volume I. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona, 2014.

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Train to be a healthcare interpreter!

  • Start a flexible freelance career or obtain a staff hospital position in a high demand field.
  • Help provide equal access to services for Spanish –speakers with limited English proficiency.
  • Refine your skills and help your workplace comply with new language access laws under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Affordable, fully online format allows you to study at a time that works for you.

Unique Spanish-specific training approved by the Oregon Health Authority suitable for beginning and experienced interpreters. 60 hours of content includes interpreting skills and knowledge, ethics, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology taught from a cross-cultural perspective. Includes extensive oral practice in Spanish and English with instructor feedback in preparation for national exams. Includes an official ACTFL proficiency rating that may be used to meet language proficiency requirements for Oregon qualification and national exams.

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

More about this course:

  • Meets 60 hour training requirements for healthcare interpreter certification or qualification by the Oregon Health Authority.
  • Approved by the Oregon Judicial Department for 5 general and 5 Spanish-specific Continuing Education Units.
  • Approved by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for 1 ethics and 5 general Continuing Education Credits.
  • Approved by the American Translators Association (ATA) for 5 Continuing Education Points.
  • Approved by the National Association for Health Professionals for CEU credits for those already certified through NAHP.

Student Testimonial

Este curso que acaba de pasar lo califico de excelente porque me aportó muchos conocimientos que son indispensables para ser un buen un intérprete y todo gracias a la profesora que supo diseñar el curso de una manera muy eficiente porque seleccionó los aspectos más importantes que debíamos aprender y fue muy profesional en todo momento. Yo disfruté el curso, aprendí mucho y por tanto lo voy a recomendar a mis amigos. Gracias profesora Heidi por una clase excelente.

María - Spanish Instructor at Washington State University Vancouver

Meet the Instructor

Heidi Schmltz Instructor Spanish Healthcare Interpreter TrainingHeidi Astrid Schmaltz

Heidi Astrid Schmaltz, M.A. Spanish Language and Literature, is an Oregon Certified Healthcare Interpreter, Certified Court Interpreter, and Washington DSHS Medical and Social Services Certified Interpreter. She has been a working interpreter since 2004. In addition, Ms. Schmaltz has nearly a decade of experience teaching Spanish at the undergraduate level.


  • Students must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
  • Students must have advanced-level proficiency in English and Spanish.

Language Testing

Students without a degree completed mostly in Spanish from a Spanish-speaking country will need to take an oral proficiency interview for Spanish and score at the advanced level. Students without a degree completed mostly in English from an English-speaking country will need to take an oral proficiency interview for English and score at the advanced level. Language Testing International conducts the assessments. The cost of one oral proficiency interview and official rating is included in the cost of registration.

If students do not qualify at the advanced level on the proficiency interview for entrance into the program, the program cost, less $70 for the test, will be refunded.

Register here for Spanish Healthcare Interpreter Training