Health Information Management
Medical Interpreter

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Salary: $25,000 - $43,000
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Hourly: $10.3 - $23.93
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 4 years
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Length of Training
A high school diploma is required prior to pursing a career as a medical interpreter.While there is no specific course of training, a considerable amount of experience speaking the language is required. In addition, the interpreter must thoroughly understand and be able to communicate in English. All medical interpreters are required to pass an oral exam, in order to interpret in the hospital setting. In addition, a 3rd party agency will evaluate the interpreter for accuracy of information being conveyed to the patient.

Licensure/Certification

Texas does not currently require a certificate or license to become a medical interpreter. However, there is a nationally recognized certificate that can be obtained if desired, although it is not required. More information about this is available from the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare.


Educational Programs
At the current time, there are no educational programs in Texas offering a degree in medical interpreting. However, as the need for this type of individual rises, there will be programs developing in the near future.

University or College City Degree*
*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate