Spanish-English Health Care Interpretation Support

Spanish/English Healthcare Interpretation:

The Spanish/English Healthcare Interpretation (SPI) support at Alverno College is designed to strengthen the language skills of bilingual students to prepare them for a career in healthcare interpretation. As a medical interpreter, you will assist patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) as they communicate with healthcare providers. The program helps students devlop the skills necessary in order to work in a variety of settings: hospitals and clinics, specialty clinics, telephonic or video remote interpreting, physician’s offices, language agencies, freelance, home health agencies, community organizations and volunteerism. 

Due to the medical focus, this support attracts many students who are pursuing a major in nursing; however, being a nursing student is not a requirement. This program is a perfect complement for a number of other areas of study, such as biology, psychology, art therapy, pre-health, and community leadership.  The need for interpreters is not limited to healthcare.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of interpreting and translation is projected to grow by 29% between 2014 and 2024 -- much faster than average.