HEALTH CARE INTERPRETER TRAINING

Terms & Conditions

 

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Course Description:

This course is designed to provide a foundation for best practices in health care interpreting.  Interpreters will gain knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology concepts.  Interpreters will understand the implications of the Code of Ethics for Health Care Interpreters.  This language-neutral training program is taught in English and will prepare interpreters in the seven language groups identified as eligible for certification in the state of Oregon and will prepare other language interpreters for qualification.  The course will familiarize the student with CCHI and NBCMI national certification requirements and prepare them for the national examinations.

Course Structure:

  • Classes are designed on a module basis. The course consists of ten 6-hour modules.

  • Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Students enroll in the full course and take the courses in sequential order.

  • The course consists of 52 hours of Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Terminology in English and non-English language; Introductory Health Care Interpreting Concepts and Modes, and 8 hours of training of Ethics and Standards of Practice (including HIPAA laws).

  • We recommend that all students take the Anatomy and Physiology for Interpreting and Medical Terminology for Interpreting modules, regardless of whether you have previous training in these subjects. However, if you have previous training in Anatomy/Physiology/Medical Terminology, please contact the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion directly about a waiver for these classes at hci.program@state.or.us or 971-673-3328.

Evaluation:

The course evaluation is based on a 3-hour final review and examination will be held on the date of the final module.  Students must achieve a 70 percent grade or higher on the final exam to successfully complete the course.

Class Size:

Class enrollment is limited to 55 students.

Course Accessibility:

Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychological, vision, or hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact OHCIA one week prior to the module date.

TUITION:

$440- For all 60 hours training (ten 6-hour modules). Includes all training material.

Students must pay for the entire course at the time of registration.  Special arrangements are available for those with financial hardship.  Requests should be submitted via email to training@ohcia.org.

CLASS LOCATION

Classes are held in the first floor Auditorium at the OHSU School of Nursing:

3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, Oregon

  • PARKING - Parking is free on weekends behind the building on Gaines St. in Lot 70. (please do not contact OHSU or its School of Nursing for information. If you have questions, please contact us at 503-893-9660 or training@ohcia.org.) - Parking map HERE.

Attendance & Absences:

100% attendance is required for successful completion of the course.  Participation in class activities is mandatory. Students who have missed a module will be given a voucher to take the module during the following 60-hour training course.  Only those students who must make up a class will be allowed to register for single modules.  Please contact training@ohcia.org to make arrangements.

 

pre-requisites

You must be at an advanced mid-level of fluency or higher in English, and in the language(s) in which you interpret.

Language Proficiency

Students who register for the 60-hour Health Care Interpreter training must first meet the English language proficiency requirements set by the Oregon Health Authority’s office of Equity and Inclusion.  This will help students to meet one of two language requirements for Health Care Interpreter Qualification or Certification by the OHA.

Please refer to Language Proficiency Requirements. 

 

 

Refunds & Transfers

If a student has paid for the the course and has missed a module, they will be issued a voucher to take the module at the next training quarter.  Students who have not completed their entire 60-hour training after two quarters will forfeit their credits and must begin the training again.  No refund will be issued.

Students who have already taken some of the modules prior to 2018 will only be charged for the modules needed to complete the course. Modules must be completed by December, 31, 2018.  After that time, they will forfeit their credits and must begin the training again.  No refund will be issued. 

Please email OHCIA at training@ohcia.org with questions regarding which modules you need to complete the course.

There will be a $25 processing fee for refunds, for any other reason.

 

TRAINING DESCRIPTION

 

Module 1: Introduction to Health Care Interpreting and Medical Terminology - (6 hours)

Description: In the first module, students will learn the fundamentals of interpreting in the medical, mental, dental, and visual health setting. They will be given a broad introduction to Health Care Interpreting concepts such as the difference between interpreter and translator, modes of interpreting, types of interpreting professions and settings, Civil Rights and history of the interpreter profession, standards of practice, code of ethics, and HIPAA privacy laws. We will explore requirements for national board certification and the requirements for Oregon health care interpreter certification and qualification.

Students will be introduced to professional expectations within the health care industry and learn about the essential skills required to become professional interpreters such as message conversion skills and discourse analysis, clear and understandable speech delivery in an appropriate volume, memory skills, note-taking skills, and sight translation.

Students will receive instruction on the use of Google Classroom which will be used to access training materials, assignments, online discussions, resources, etc.

This class will provide an introduction to medical terminology through an exploration of the Latin and Greek roots, suffixes, prefixes, and combining forms of medical terminology.Students will learn how the body is divided into body planes, anatomical positions, directions, locations, body regions, and body systems.

 

Module 2: Musculoskeletal System / Fundamentals of Message Conversion -(6 hours)

Description: This class begins the exploration of Anatomy and Physiology. Students will learn the functions, locations, related components of the Musculoskeletal System. Students will learn the most common conditions and pathologies related to the Musculoskeletal system, diagnostic methods and common treatments for those pathologies. They will also learn the terminology for types of medical equipment and medical specialties related to this body system.

Scaffolding on the basics of medical terminology, students will learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes related to the Musculoskeletal system, Students learn to utilize these basic word components to break down and analyze familiar vocabulary as well as to decipher unfamiliar medical terms.

Working alone or in small language-specific groups, students will create an individualized personal reference tool with terminology in English and their target language that they can use as an interpreting resource. They will continue to work on their personal glossaries throughout the course. Students will be instructed on useful online resources for interpreting medical terminology.

Students will learn skills related to health care interpreting such as active listening skills, message conversion, discourse analysis, and rendering the message. They will learn about voice register and the importance of maintaining and changing the register in interpreting. Similarly, some languages employ various levels of formality that are addressed in class. Students will have the opportunity to begin to develop their health care interpreter skills. Working in pairs, they will practice interpreting scenarios related to health care interpreting. Students will record their practice in order to review themselves and to assess their initial interpreting skills as they prepare for real world situations. They will be encouraged to provide constructive feedback to their peers. 

 

Module 3: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems / Developing Memory Skills - (6 hours)

Description: This class explores the Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular and the Respiratory Systems. Students will learn the functions, locations, organs and related components. Students will learn the most common conditions and pathologies related to each system, associated symptoms, diagnostic methods and common treatments for those pathologies. They will also learn the terminology for types of medical equipment and medical specialties related to these body systems.

Scaffolding on the basics of medical terminology, students will learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes related to the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems. Students learn to utilize these basic word components to break down and analyze familiar vocabulary as well as to decipher unfamiliar medical terms.

The process of memory will be introduced, and students will have the opportunity to explore their individual memory recall and to apply different techniques as they develop their memory skills. Students will learn active listening skills to retain information. The class explores strategies such as chunking, prediction, visualization, and note-taking for consecutive interpreting. They will have the opportunity to begin to develop their memory skills. Working in pairs, they will practice interpreting scenarios related to health care interpreting. Students will record their practice in order to review themselves and to assess their interpreting skills as they prepare for real world situations. They will be encouraged to provide constructive feedback to their peers.

 

Module 4: Nervous and Integumentary Systems / Basic Sight Translation - (6 hours)

Description: This class explores the Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous and Integumentary Systems. Students will learn the functions, locations, organs and related components. Students will learn the most common conditions and pathologies related to each system, associated symptoms, diagnostic methods and common treatments for those pathologies. They will also learn the terminology for types of medical equipment and medical specialties related to these body systems.

Scaffolding on the basics of medical terminology, students will learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes related to the Nervous and Integumentary Systems. Students learn to utilize these basic word components to break down and analyze familiar vocabulary as well as to decipher unfamiliar medical terms.

Students will learn sight translation skills as they are often called upon to sight translate documents such as intake forms, medical history, release of information, consent forms, financial policy, and insurance forms at registration and to perform simple written translations like patient instructions.This class will teach methods as well as strategies for handling provider expectations.Students will be allowed the opportunity to translate most-often used documents in small groups and to provide constructive feedback within their groups.

  

Module 5: Health Care Interpreting Ethics I - (6hours)

Description: This module is designed to thoroughly review the Ethics of Health Care Interpreting using best practice examples such as the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NHCIC) Code of Ethics, the International Medical Interpreter Association Code of Ethics, and the California Standards for Health Care Interpreting. Students will explore the historical context of the national HIPAA and HIPAA as “ethics put into law” and how it relates to the interpreter (proper disposal of notes, etc.) (A separate HIPAA certificate will be given at the end of the day.) Students will become familiar with the core values of interpreter.

 

Module 6: Ethics II / Endocrine & Lymphatic Systems - (6 hours)

Description: Using the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice, students will explore specific scenarios that will challenge their understanding of these principles and learn how to avoid pitfalls. Students will work in small groups to discuss various scenarios and strategies to deal with difficult situations.

This class explores the Anatomy and Physiology of the Endocrine and Lymphatic Systems. Students will learn the functions, locations, organs and related components. Students will learn the most common conditions and pathologies related to each system, associated symptoms, diagnostic methods and common treatments for those pathologies. They will also learn the terminology for types of medical equipment and medical specialties related to these body systems.

Scaffolding on the basics of medical terminology, students will learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes related to the Endocrine and Lymphatic Systems.Students learn to utilize these basic word components to break down and analyze familiar vocabulary as well as to decipher unfamiliar medical terms.

 

Module 7: Digestive & Teeth / Interpreting Equivalence - (6 hours)

Description: This class explores the Anatomy and Physiology of the Digestive and Urinary Systems. Students will learn about the structure of the Teeth. Students will learn the functions, locations, organs and related components of each system. Students will learn the most common conditions and pathologies related to each system, associated symptoms, diagnostic methods and common treatments for those pathologies. They will also learn the terminology for types of medical equipment and medical specialties related to these body systems.

Scaffolding on the basics of medical terminology, students will learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes related to the Digestive and Urinary Systems and Teeth. Students learn to utilize these basic word components to break down and analyze familiar vocabulary as well as to decipher unfamiliar medical terms.

Interpreters will learn the importance of self-assessment and monitoring themselves through the use of audio and video recording devices. Students are exposed to message conversion challenges such as target languages equivalence (figurative language, expletives, idioms, and colloquialism), as well as the ability to identify differences in meaning due to regional dialects. Students will be allowed the opportunity to practice interpreting by using equivalencies and to provide constructive feedback within their groups.

 

Module 8: Reproductive & Urinary Systems / Cultural Awareness - (6 hours)

Description: This class explores the Anatomy and Physiology of the Reproductive and Urinary Systems. Students will learn the functions, locations, organs and related components. Students will learn the most common conditions and pathologies related to each system, associated symptoms, diagnostic methods and common treatments for those pathologies. They will also learn the terminology for types of medical equipment and medical specialties related to these body systems.

Scaffolding on the basics of medical terminology, students will learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes related to the Reproductive and Urinary Systems. Students learn to utilize these basic word components to break down and analyze familiar vocabulary as well as to decipher unfamiliar medical terms.

This class explores additional skills required to interpret in the clinical environment. This segment will provide information on cultural competence. Students will learn about the tenets of culture—what it is, and how it relates to health care. Students will work in small groups to analyze themes and assumptions related to their own cultures.

 

Module 9: Ears, Nose, Throat, Vision / Advanced Interpreting Skills - (6 hours)

Description: This class explores the Anatomy and Physiology of the Ears, Nose, Throat, and Vision. Students will learn the functions, locations, organs and related components. Students will learn the most common conditions and pathologies related to these components, associated symptoms, diagnostic methods and common treatments for those pathologies. They will also learn the terminology for types of medical equipment and medical specialties related to these components.

Scaffolding on the basics of medical terminology, students will learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes related to these components. Students learn to utilize these basic word elements to break down and analyze familiar vocabulary as well as to decipher unfamiliar medical terms.

This class introduces the student to the simultaneous method of interpretation, and the use of microphone/headphones. It also explores the use of technology in the field of interpreting via telephonic or Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) in order to familiarize students with the different formats of interpretation. Students will be allowed the opportunity to practice interpreting in pairs via telephone and to provide constructive feedback within their groups.

 

Module 10: Advanced Health Care Interpreting – Final Exam – Professional Development Forum - (6 hours)

The final module will include a review of Health Care Interpreting Concepts, Best Practices of Health Care Interpreting, Codes of Ethics of Health Care Interpreting, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology. This will be followed by the final written examination which is the culmination of the 60 hours of training required for certification.

After the test, students are invited to attend the OHCIA Professional Development Forum. The Forum is designed to provide students with a networking opportunity with language agencies, practicing interpreters, and possibly mentors.

Students will review the requirements for Oregon health care interpreter certification and qualification and the requirements for national board certification.The class also explores the business of interpreting.Topics of discussion include contracting with language agencies, networking, scheduling appointments, invoicing, wages, self-employment taxes, immunizations, liability insurance, etc., Students will also learn about self-care strategies for interpreters to protect from infectious diseases and to avoid vicarious trauma.

Assessment: Summative course assessment.  Must achieve a score of 70% in order to pass the course.

 

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