MSHCI Program Overview

Photo of Robyn Dean speaking with studentThe master of science degree program in health care interpretation (MSHCI) is designed to meet the demands of nationally certified sign language interpreters desiring a master’s degree specific to working in health care environments. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf's Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education administers the program. RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST) collaborates by offering an elective within the MSHCI program. This unique program:

  • Meets the growing demand for specialized sign language health care interpreters as more deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals enter medical/health care fields.
  • Increases the number of specialized sign language interpreters working in patient health care settings.
  • Prepares interpreters to work in leadership roles in the health care interpreting field.

The program requires the completion of 33 credits with 10 required courses and one elective (3 credits each). The program can be completed in one academic year (with two summers) for full-time students, or completed in two academic years (with two summers) for part-time students.

The program begins with a one-week on-campus residency Professional Seminar from June 3-7, 2019. The remainder of the curriculum employs an online pedagogical approach, including accelerated seven-week courses as its primary delivery system.

Applicants are encouraged to send all required application materials by February 1, 2019.

Maximum time limit
University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program.

Photo of girl and mother in exam room with doctor and interpreterTypes of jobs and employers a person might have in this field

Job Title
    Health Care Interpreter
    Manager/Administrator of Interpreter Services

    Health Systems
    Ambulatory Care Facilities
    Interpreter Referral Agencies