Advanced Medical Interpreting

Preparing professionals for the medical interpreting field.

About this Course

Are you a professional medical interpreter who has never received formal training and would like to take the national certification exams? Are you an experienced court or conference interpreter looking to switch gears to the healthcare setting? Or perhaps you are a translation and interpretation student who would like to improve your newly acquired skills and apply them to medical interpreting. If so, this course is for you.

Medical interpreting is the fastest growing specialty within the interpreting profession. Proper training and a clear understanding of the profession are paramount for quality patient care and the interpreter’s well-being. There is increasing awareness of the need for certified and trained interpreters. In fact, both national certifications require candidates to have formal training in healthcare interpreting.

What sets this program apart:

At course end, participants will:

Advanced level of training 

Strong focus on improving interpreting skills in simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation modes

At least 20 hours spent on honing interpreting skills, as applied in the healthcare setting

Content tailored to participants' needs through a variety of teaching methods in an interactive environment

Qualifies as a prerequisite for both the NBCMI and CCHI national medical interpreter certifications

Taught by highly trained, certified and experienced professional interpreters from the Monterey Institute

Know more about the healthcare interpreting profession and its professional practice within the US healthcare system


Have explored language, communication, and culture and their impact on interpretation encounters in healthcare settings


Know and implement interpreting protocols and proper healthcare interpreter´s roles


Be able to effectively apply the different modes of interpreting and when and how to use them in the healthcare setting


Participants must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Currently pursuing a degree in translation and interpretation
  • Recently graduated from a translation and interpretation program
  • At least 5 years of interpreting experience

 This course has been approved for 4 IMIA Continuing Education Units

 This course has been approved for 30 CIMCE credits

Meet the Instructors

Johanna Parker


Johanna Parker is a CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter, (CHI™), NBCMI Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI), and California Certified Court Interpreter; and has an M.A. in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (Spanish < > English). She is Lead Interpreter for Education and Training at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and teaches medical interpreting at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  She is also an interpreter trainer for the California Healthcare Interpreting Association, and freelances as a seminar interpreter for the U.S. Department of State, conference interpreter, and translator.

Amanda Pease


Amanda Pease holds a Masters degree in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and is a CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter(CHITM).  She currently teaches in the Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program at the National Hispanic University in San Jose, CA. She works at First Databank, Inc. as a Spanish Translator of Patient Education Monographs and was a Spanish Medical Interpreter for five years at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Ms. Pease is also a freelance translator, medical and conference interpreter, and seminar interpreter for the U.S. Department of State.