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.
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.
Participants must pay a non-refundable commitment fee to join the practicum. The current fee is $200 and is due 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:
After completing this program the participant will:
If you would like the opportunity to observe a medical interpreter and gain real life interpreting experience, please go to MUSC MyQuest.
Good articles to read to prepare for your practicum experience
Approved Sponsor for Continuing Education
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. CEUs for workshops not provided or co-sponsored by MUSC Health can be processed for a nominal fee.
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
Charleston, SC 29407