Instructor Diana M. Cavazos, PhD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor/Clinical  UT Health San Antonio  School of Nursing

Break language barriers in healthcare. Transform your bilingual ability into a rewarding medical interpreting skill. Our online Medical Interpreter training program was designed for individuals who are fluent in English and Spanish and who strive to achieve accurate communication and cultural sensitivity among our Hispanic patients. Obtain your certificate of completion to satisfy the prerequisite to apply for national certification.

Course Process:

  • Interview (optional): Candidate may contact program instructor to discuss interpreter training interest and course process. You can contact Dr. Diana Cavazos
  • Assessment: Candidate provides proof of Spanish language proficiency. Email a document of your choice to
  • Approval:  After review of Spanish language proficiency documents, candidate receives approval from program instructor via e-mail to enroll in interpreter course. You will be emailed instructions and a link to register and pay the fee for the course.
  • Cost is $1,000 (to be paid via debit or credit card- checks/cash not accepted)
    • Discounts: Currently Enrolled UT Health School of Nursing & Medical Students – pay $100
    • UT Health School of Nursing Alumni (verified) – pay $750
  • Enrollment: Candidate enrolls and completes the 45-hour online interpreter course.
  • Course Completion:  Candidate completes course’s final assessment and course evaluation.  Candidate becomes TRAINED medical interpreter.

45 hour didactic online course:

  1. Roles of the Medical Interpreter” the Medical Interpreter and HIPAA, Hispanic culture and healthcare practices (3)
  2. Skills of the Medical Interpreter: code of ethics, standards of practice and cultural competence (3)
  3. Qualifications of the Medical Interpreter: Federal Laws and language assistance obligations (3)
  4. Foundations of medical words (3)
  5. Body systems medical terminology: anatomical terms, common conditions, common diagnostic tests and treatments (33).

After Course on your Own:

  1. Certification Application: Candidate applies for a national certification for medical interpreters.
  2. Certification Completion:  Candidate passes certification exam.
  3. Process Completion: Candidate becomes CERTIFIED medical interpreter.

Continuing Nursing Education:
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

45 Nursing CE contact hours are provided upon completion of the course.  There is no other CE provided for this course.