OHCIA Continuing Education Course Details

important notes:this class is recommended for oregon certified or qualified health care interpreters.  non-accredited interpreters are encouraged to take our 64 hour health care interpreter training.



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This course exists to provide an interactive and relevant continuing education experience to all health care interpreters, regardless of level of accreditation.  

Oregon Certified and Qualified Health Care Interpreters (HCIs) will benefit from this course because the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion requires for these accredited HCIs to complete 24 hours of continuing education in a three year renewal period, with the following standards:

  • 6 Hours Health Care Interpreter Ethics
  • 6 Hours Interpretation Skills
  • 12 Hours of Any Topic Approved by the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) or the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

This course will be acceptable for continuing education units (CEUs) with CCHI, NBCMI, and the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Important Notes:

  • Qualified health care interpreters in the languages of Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese must become certified upon renewal of their credentials.  Additionally, these interpreters will need to complete 24 hours of CE course work in addition to taking the certification exams.
  • Coursework from the basic 60 hour health care interpreter training modules does not count for CEUs.




course descriptions

Title: Health Care Interpreter Ethics
Hours of Credit: 6 hours
The goal of this advanced Ethics training is to help participants have a better understanding of Health Care Interpreter Code of Ethics. By the end of the training, participants should be able to identify conflicts and how to apply the Code to decision making in a medical interpreting setting through scenarios based discussions.   This includes role plays and group discussion.

Title: Interpretation Skills
Hours of Credit: 6 hours

Sight Translation (2 hours) - Participants will practice sight translation using forms requesting general and specific patient information such as Independent Medical Examination (IME), and others
Simultaneous Interpreting (2 hours) - Tips for improving your skills, how to deal with an unknown term, time limits and how to be assertive, and practice doing it
Consecutive Interpreting (2 hours) - Strategies to improve attention and memory, exposure to simple, intermediate, and difficult scenarios in healthcare settings, and handling consecutive for long sentences

Title: Advanced Medical Terminology
Hours of Credit: 6 hours
Description: Cardiovascular and respiratory systems, infectious and chronic diseases, and medical terminology terms, acronyms, and abbreviations

Title: Infection Control, Self Monitoring, and Medication Reconciliation
Hours of Credit: 6 hours

Interpreting for Medication Reconciliation (2 hours) - Provides medical interpreters with concrete tools and strategies to manage encounters with pharmaceutical names and interactions
Self-Care: Controlling Occupational Risks for Healthcare Interpreters (2 hours) - Overview of principles of infection control, as well as physical, mechanical, chemical, and psychosocial hazards to which healthcare interpreters are commonly exposed at their the workplace. It gives concrete strategies on how to avoid personal injury and illness and contribute to creating a safe work environment for themselves and their patients.
Errors in Medical Interpretation (2 hours) - How to avoid and correct potentially dangerous mistakes Research shows that the impact of interpretation errors over clinical outcomes varies according to the type and location of the error within the interpreting process. This session will go over the most dangerous types of errors interpreters make and how to avoid them


$49 per 6 hour module


No refunds are offered for any payments.  Students are now allowed transfer up to two paid modules that were missed to the next immediate course offering.


For every module, registration begins at 8:30 AM.  The class begins promptly at  9 AM.  Students should arrive not later than 8:45 AM.  All students arriving after 9 AM will be turned away.  


OHSU School of Nursing, 3rd floor Room 358/364 (3455 SW Veterans Hospital Rd Portland, OR 97239)  - Parking is free (please do not contact OHSU or its School of Nursing for information, please instead contact us at 503-893-9660 or support@ohcia.org) 


The program is assessed solely on attendance. 

Students who arrive on time and stay the duration of a specific module receive a certificate of completion for that particular day.  Students are allowed to pick and choose which continuing education modules they will attend.


There will be a lunch break provided from 12-1 PM.  Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch or bring money to purchase lunch at the OHSU Cafeteria (a ten minute walk from the School of Nursing).


Please bring a pen/pencil and paper to take notes.  

The School of Nursing is handicapped accessible, with wheelchair ramps into the building.

Please let us know if you need any additional accommodations