Curriculum

Prerequisite:

Students will complete an online course on medical terminology (e.g. Language of Medicine). This course emphasizes etymology, definition, pronunciation and correct utilization of medical terms. This course will enable students to develop a vocabulary essential to the understanding of the language used by medical professionals. Students will provide NTID's Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education with a copy of proof of completion before starting the program.

Human Body Systems for the Professional Interpreter

This course will expose interpreters to a strong foundation in Human Body Systems. Within each body system, the following topics will be discussed: anatomy and physiology (structure and function), specialized terms, health care provider specialties, medical tests, procedures and equipment, common medications and common conditions/diseases.

Health Care Practical Interpreting

This interpreting course exposes interpreters to the broad array of medical settings, medical professionals, common medical service protocols, and the federal regulations and policies impacting communication access and the work of interpreters. In addition to the broadly defined medical interpreting objectives, the course also addresses the theoretical constructs and the approach to the practice of interpreting based on the demand-control schema. This course will expose interpreters to the typical diagnostic and treatment dialogues or clinical "scripts" of common conditions, diagnoses and initial presenting complaints. Exposure to this new content knowledge happens via observations of medical student practice dialogues with simulated patients and other problem based learning activities. In addition to this new knowledge and the unique observation opportunity, participants will be further reinforcing and integrating the Human Body Systems course content in their analyses of medical interpreted cases. English to ASL skill development activities will be employed using materials from the CATIE Center.