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Medical/Community Interpreter Program (MIP)

Eastern AHEC’s Community/Medical Qualified Interpreter Program is taught by instructors who are members of the communities around you. Their qualifications include advanced degrees, experience as trained medical interpreters, and a personal dedication to increase access to health care for all. Our instructors have been trained and certified as medical interpreters and look forward to making this possible for you.

Our curriculum establishes the basic foundation for all healthcare and community interpreters by providing specialized training in healthcare, education, and community service interpretation. In addition to expertise in the code of ethics and the modes and techniques of community interpreting, an interpreter must understand cultural systematics that make communication skills pertinent in healthier & safer lifestyles. Specifically for those of you in the healthcare system, we teach you to master the most common medical concepts, procedures and terminology.

Eastern AHEC’s Medical & Community Interpreter Program entails 4o-hours of highly interactive practice sessions and role-plays both online and in-class. Each course accommodates up to 15 participants and on average requires 8 hours of homework. The core components include:

  • Interpreting techniques, Modes of Interpreting, Guiding the Encounter, and memory skills
  • Healthcare from a cultural perspective
  • Structure and principles of U.S. healthcare
  • Biomedical practitioners, methods of diagnosis and medical terminology
  • The human body
  • Medical Interpreter Code of Ethics
  • Today’s educational system
  • Communicating with respect to all cultures

To view or register for courses and assessments, visit our course website

If you have any questions, please email them to or call 860-465-8281 x 403