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Medical Interpreter Practicum

Do you want to gain real life interpreting experience in a healthcare setting?

The Medical Interpreter Practicum serves as a next step for individuals who have completed a forty-hour interpreter training program. It gives participants an opportunity to interpret in genuine medical settings under the supervision of certified medical interpreters, and discuss their experiences with others within a safe environment.

Program Overview

This program requires participants to complete thirty hours of fieldwork at various healthcare clinics within MUSC Health. This is a combination of observation and direct interpreting under the supervision of a certified medical interpreter. Participants will also submit written summaries regarding their interpreting process, techniques, and ethical decision making.

At the conclusion of the  practicum, participants will sit for an interpreting diagnostic assessment. The assessment measures the interpreter’s skills and level of competence in their knowledge of medical terminology, sight translation, and consecutive interpretation.  Participants will receive a written report that provides a summary of their performance and recommendation for further skill development.

The program is currently open to Spanish Interpreters only.

Program Cost

Participants must pay a non-refundable commitment fee to join the practicum. The current fee is two-hundred dollars ($200) and must be submitted before the beginning of the practicum. Arrangements for payment are to be made directly by calling 843-792-9055. No cash will be accepted; all fees must be paid using a major credit/debit card.


The following criteria will be used to select applicants to participate in this program:

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a forty-hour interpreter training program.
  • Applicants must agree to complete the entire program including the written summaries and diagnostic assessment.

Learning Objectives

After completing this program the participant will:

  • Develop an understanding of basic healthcare systems, various venues where medical/psychiatric care is provided, common diagnosis and treatments, institutional hierarchy and the roles and responsibilities of healthcare personnel.
  • Examine common human diseases from a systematic approach including etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment
  • Recognize general medical/psychiatric terms, procedures, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology in English and Spanish   
  • Recognize issues in the work environment that may create distress within oneself and employ strategies for dealing with feelings.
  • Identify and discuss strategies and techniques that foster effective communication within healthcare environments.
  • Identify the personal and professional demands that can occur in these settings and strategies leading to effective interpretations through the demand-control schema analytical construct.

If you would like the opportunity to observe a medical interpreter and gain real life interpreting experience, please go to the registration page and follow the steps.

Pre- Practicum Reading

Good articles to read to prepare for your practicum experience


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Approved to Offer Continuing Education Credits

MUSC Health has been approved by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) , the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI), and International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA), as an administrator for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs will be offered for all training provided, sponsored, or co-sponsored by MUSC Health.


The Interpreter Training Center courses are offered within the MUSC Health Center for Learning.  The Center features large, state-of-the-art classrooms and free, convenient parking. 

MUSC Community Training Center
1 South Park Circle
Suite 300
Charleston, SC 29407