Part-time, in-class Medical Translation and Interpretation Certificate (Punjabi/English)

Medical translation and interpretation courses

SFU’s Medical Translation and Interpretation Certificate includes the following five in-class courses as well as field training in various health care settings.

Medical Terminology and Practice 

In this introductory course, you will gain an overall understanding of medical translation and interpretation, including issues, controversies and current development. This course also includes foundational training in medical terminology, written translation and sight translation.

Interpreting Skills in Medical and Health Care Settings

Providing hands-on medical interpretation training in various healthcare settings, this course focuses on various foundational skills required for successful interpreting, including listening comprehension, memory retention, note taking, mental transposition, and verbalization in the target language.

Ethics and Protocols for Medical Translators and Interpreters

This course offers the tools you need to understand and apply the principles and values of Professional Translators’ and Interpreters’ Code of Ethics in any scenario you may encounter. You will learn through group discussion and analysis, and sample scenarios will demonstrate the effective application of standards of practice to real-life situations.

Foundational Medical Knowledge 

Gain a comprehensive foundation in basic medical knowledge and terminology for medical interpreting. You’ll study Greek and Latin word roots, prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and abbreviations. You will also explore body structures, anatomical systems, pathologies, treatments, medical procedures and medical specialties in health care interpreting.

Field Training for Medical Translators and Interpreters 

You will have a chance to apply your learning during two weeks of field instruction in various institutions where medical translation and interpretation takes place. During field instruction, you will be evaluated by the instructor(s) on the basis of the program’s educational and methodological requirements.