This course is an extension of Level I training. This bilingual course (English/Spanish) covers both the language of medicine at the provider's level and the colloquial level for different Latin American countries. This course is very popular on the West and East coast because of the diversity of Latinos in our area.
Medicine has a language of its own. Medical language, like the language of a people, possesses a historical development. Current medical vocabulary includes terms used by Hippocrates and Aristotle 2000 years ago, like femur (Latin) and hemorrhage (Greek); eponyms, i.e. words based on the personal names of people, like Parkinson's disease; and terms from modern language, like laser (acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation").
Latino immigrants add a unique flavor to the language of medicine. Communication with the patient and family members is essential to properly triage, assess, and diagnose medical conditions. A clear contextual understanding of the patient's cultural medical expressions by national origin will complement the medical language.
1. Analyze words by dividing them into component parts. Students will be introduced to the tools of word analysis that will make understanding complex terminology in both languages easier.
2. Relate the medical terms in both languages to the structure and function of the human body. A major focus of this course is to explain terms in the context of how the body works in health and disease.
3. Identify Mexican, Central American, Caribbean, and South American medical colloquialism relating to the diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of disorders. Students will be exposed to the great diversity of medical expressions within the immigrant population, which results from 500 years of European, African, and Indigenous cultural influences.
MUST BE BILINGUAL IN SPANISH & ENGLISH, WRITTEN AND SPOKEN.
NOTE: Level I, II and III courses may be taken in any order. Level IV is required before sitting for the national certification exam. .
This course meets the training requirements for both The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. .
Course materials included in cost of class.
Class meets Fridays 6-9 PM and Saturdays 9 AM - 5 PM.
Levels in the Medical Interpretation program may be taken in any order.
Levels I and IV are non-language specific (must be bilingual in English AND any other language, written and spoken).
Levels II and III are language specific (must be bilingual in Spanish AND English, written and spoken).
All four levels must be completed successfully to be eligible to take national certification exams (CCHI & NBCMI).
Northwest - Bldg 402 121
Northwest Campus, Building 402, Room 121
Greenville Technical College
8109 White Horse Road
Greenville, SC 29617
864-246-7282 or 864-250-8800