Medical Interpreter

There is a critical need for trained medical interpreters! If you’re bilingual, have good speaking and listening skills, and enjoy working with people, you may have a future as a medical interpreter.

This 60-hour program provides working knowledge of medical interpreting, including standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical terminology/vocabulary. Open to all languages, students must be fully bilingual and must be fluent in English and one other language.

Course is designed for those preparing for entry level careers as medical interpreters as well as for working interpreters preparing for the National Board Certificate exam. This program meets the National Board for Medical Interpreter Certification training requirement and prepares you to pass the certification exam. For information on certification prerequisites visit

Because a language assessment is required, students must register at least two weeks in advance.

This program is offered in collaboration with TransFluenci EDU, a leader in the medical interpreter training field and is taught by an experienced medical interpreter.

Fee includes binder and all course materials.

Certificate of completion
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from the college.

CRN: 50718 / Course: CSHH054 B2
Dates: June 10 - August 21, 2019
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m
Site: Brockton, Room B439
Cost: $1,079

For all other payment types, call
508-588-9100 x1310.

You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.

For additional information about the Medical Interpreter certificate program please contact Paul Key at or 508-588-9100 x1312.

This program is supported by the United Way of Greater Plymouth County

Medical Interpreter Standout Student
Ilka DaFonseca

Medical Interpreter - Ibtissam Janoudi

Language and communications has always been important to Ilka DaFonseca.   She speaks Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, and French fluently.  “Knowing these languages, I can help people express emotions and ideas”, says Ilka.  After working as a Certified Nursing Assistant for ten and a half years, she took the Medical Interpreter certificate program at Massasoit Community College and pursued her dream of becoming a Medical Interpreter.

Among the most important things Ilka learned in the program is the need to be culturally sensitive so that interpreters can advocate for patients.  There’s a vulnerability for those who don’t speak English and need medical attention.  One reason Ilka enrolled in the program is that she saw the opportunity to help people in these situations.  She says that instructor, Tina Texeira, taught her to appreciate this opportunity to serve others.  It inspired the same passion in Ilka.

Graduating from the Medical Interpreter program at Massasoit opened employment opportunities for Ilka immediately.  Shortly after completing the program she accepted a job at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center where she works as a Medical Interpreter translating for Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, and Spanish speaking patients.  Ilka loves her new career and has set a goal of becoming a Medical Interpreter instructor someday.  To those considering the Medical Interpreter program at Massasoit, Ilka advises, “Take the program!  It teaches you to specialize in medical terminology, ethics, and interpreting.  It’s the best program I’ve ever participated in”.

Withdrawal and Refund Information

To withdraw, you can visit the Registrar’s Office in Brockton, the Enrollment Center in Canton, or the main Office in Middleborough. Alternatively, you can: (1) send an email from your Massasoit email account to Registrar's Office email requesting withdrawal, or (2) send a fax to 508-427-1246 with your printed and signed name requesting withdrawal.

Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Parking Decals

There are designated parking lots available for students; however, a parking decal is required. If you do not have a decal, visit the Massasoit campus police with your drivers license, car registration and proof of course registration to complete a form and obtain your decal.


Kelley Tilden
Director of Community Education
Tel: 508-588-9100 x1310
Fax: 508-427-6532
Email Kelley
Paul Key
Associate Director of Community Education
Tel: 508-588-9100 x1312
Fax: 508-427-6532
Email Paul


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