Medical Terminology for Interpreters: The Language of Medicine

SKU#: 51 Language of Medicine
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An intensive exploration of the language registers used in healthcare, including terms for tests and procedures, signs and symptoms and medical abbreviations.

Course length: 2.5 hours

Course access period: 60 days from purchase date

Once purchased, course access cannot be paused. 

Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 70% or above).

Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 2.5 CCHI CE hours (1 Performance-Based)
  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.25 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 2.5 CE credits
  • Pennsylvania Interpreter Certification Program (ICP): 2.5 CEUs
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 2.5 OCCI PDUs

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and accurately interpret different language registers in medical terminology.
  • Interpret basic terms for tests and procedures, signs and symptoms and medical abbreviations.

What you will get:

  • Your video instructor: Sylvana Fernández-Ellauri, MD (Uruguay), CMI, Spanish
  • A step-by-step analysis of common medical language with videos, audio, visually engaging materials and easy-to-understand activities
  • 15 interactive exercises, including a medical role play on signs and symptoms followed by a self-assessment
  • Doctor-approved resources for medical interpreters
  • One handbook in ebook format: Medical Terminology for Interpreters
  • All course material reviewed by an MD and Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)
  • Course completion certificate         

How this course will improve your practice

You will:

  • Be able to interpret for doctors who speak complex language that the patient may not understand.
  • Interpret in healthcare settings for high, medium and low registers.
  • Understand the difference between signs and symptoms.
  • Use best practices to interpret medical abbreviations.
  • Interpret common types of medical tests and 44 important medical tests and procedures.
  • Understand why these tests are performed.
  • Select appropriate resources for professional development in medical terminology.
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