Part-timeMedical Translation and Interpretation Certificate (Mandarin Chinese/English)

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How critical are medical translators and interpreters? Imagine having a medical emergency and not being able to understand or communicate with the doctors. What would you do? When a patient and a medical provider have limited ability to communicate in the same language, delivering effective health care services can be very difficult. Medical translators and interpreters play an essential role, facilitating communication between patients and health care providers who write and speak different languages.

If you are a professional translator and/or interpreter in Mandarin Chinese/English interested in working in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes or other medical areas, our program will provide you with the specialized skills you need. 

What is medical translation and interpretation?

A medical translator specializes in translating written documents, such as patient records or medical legal documents. A medical interpreter is hired to facilitate verbal communication and is present in the exam room with the patient to assist each step of the healthcare process: admission, examination, consultation procedures and other interactions.

Who is this program for?

We’ve designed this program for trained or experienced translators and interpreters in Mandarin Chinese/English who need specialized skills to work within the medical/health care field.

Applicants who are not SFU Interpretation and Translation Program graduates must pass an entrance exam in order to be admitted to the program. The exam consists of translation and consecutive interpreting tasks in both directions of the language combination.

What will I learn?

SFU’s Medical Translation and Interpretation Certificate will help you to become a competent, professional, ethical medical translator and interpreter, whether you’re entering the workforce, or upgrading professional skills for your existing job. You will also be well positioned to take the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC) certification exam for medical translators and interpreters.

Coursework in this program is aligned with the medical translator and interpreter certification protocols and standards of the CTTIC and the Society for Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC).

Through this program you will:

  • Gain an overview of medical/health care translation and interpretation
  • Learn about current issues in the field
  • Practise skills in medical/health care interpreting
  • Learn ethics and protocol for medical/health care services and medical/health care translators and interpreters
  • Acquire foundational medical knowledge

You will complete this part-time program in just three months. We offer the Medical Translation and Interpretation Certificate program every September through online-supported delivery. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT and Saturdays from 9:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT.