Medical Terminology for Interpreters: The Language of Medicine

SKU#: 51 Language of Medicine
Special Price $55.00 Regular Price $65.00
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An intensive exploration of the language registers used in healthcare, including terms for tests and procedures, signs and symptoms and medical abbreviations.

All course content is presented in English, with multiple opportunities to practice all your working languages.  That makes the program perfect for interpreters who speak or sign ANY language.

Course length: 2.5 hours

Course access period: 60 days from purchase date

Once purchased, course access cannot be paused. See our FAQ for information on purchasing course access extensions.

Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 70% or above).

Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 2.5 CCHI CE hours (1 Performance-Based)
  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.25 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 2.5 CE credits
  • Pennsylvania Interpreter Certification Program (ICP): 2.5 CEUs
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 2.5 OCCI PDUs

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and accurately interpret different language registers in medical terminology.
  • Interpret basic terms for tests and procedures, signs and symptoms and medical abbreviations.

What you will get:

  • Your video instructor: Sylvana Fernández-Ellauri, MD (Uruguay), CMI, Spanish
  • A step-by-step analysis of common medical language with videos, audio, visually engaging materials and easy-to-understand activities
  • 15 interactive exercises, including a medical role play on signs and symptoms followed by a self-assessment
  • Doctor-approved resources for medical interpreters
  • One handbook in ebook format: Medical Terminology for Interpreters
  • All course material reviewed by an MD and Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)
  • Course completion certificate         

How this course will improve your practice

You will:

  • Be able to interpret for doctors who speak complex language that the patient may not understand.
  • Interpret in healthcare settings for high, medium and low registers.
  • Understand the difference between signs and symptoms.
  • Use best practices to interpret medical abbreviations.
  • Interpret common types of medical tests and 44 important medical tests and procedures.
  • Understand why these tests are performed.
  • Select appropriate resources for professional development in medical terminology.

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