Spanish Medical Interpreter/Translator Program

Snapshot 2 (7-6-2016 2-05 PM)

On Campus Seminar

Prepare to become

a  Spanish Medical Interpreter


Translator (SMIT)

Next program year begins Fall 2017.

Accepting applications now!

Online Application

Demand for language access in healthcare community settings is projected to rapidly increase in the next five years. Interpreters and translators on the average earn $21 an hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Multiple studies indicate that healthcare settings that employ trained medical interpreters/translators have a higher quality of patient care and patient satisfaction.

The Hybrid Online Learning model appeals to today’s adult learner. The SMIT program’s distance learning features are delivered via an online learning platform called CANVAS which includes:

  •        Mini Lectures, assignments and quizzes
  •        Terminology exercises submitted through an audio recording feature
  •         Video Chats for  simulation of clinical practice dialogues

Students  attend in person at our Walla Walla Campus once per quarter. When students attend on site they will receive instruction in our Simulation Lab and get to meet other students in other healthcare programs learning about language access . Other simulation practice included in the onsite visits to campus are telephone interpreting, multidisciplinary conference interpreting.

WWCC SMIT program strives to equip students with the tools to graduate work ready. Other onsite  activities are:

  • CPR Healthcare Provider Certification
  • Infection Control Lab and HIV Certification for Interpreters
  • Business Planning  for Interpreters

The WWCC SMIT program students are given an opportunity to spend time at a healthcare facility providing Language Access services such as interpreting and or translation. Practicum experiences are arranged in their service area to limit travel.

Students can fulfill a portion of their practicum requirements by participating in arranged language access activities at health fairs, community events . Opportunities for faith-based  Interpreting simultaneous are available.

Schedule and entrance exam by calling  509-527-4589

Schedule an advising appointment regarding your specific educational needs. Meeting can be done in person or by phone. Call Sandra Graham at 509 -527-4462

WWCC Spanish Medical Interpreter – YouTube