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The Medical Interpreting Certificate

This program provides professional training to bilingual speakers (Spanish or any other language) who seek training in interpretation techniques, situation-specific terminology, and industry ethics. It is designed as a series of interconnected modules (4 courses / 12 credits) that cover different aspects and levels of Medical Interpreting.

All courses are taught in the evenings, in English, and are non-language specific. Students who complete the program will be either prepared to take the certification exam of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters or have taken the minimum 40 contact hours of training included among the requisites for taking that certification exam. The program can be completed by taking the classes face-to-face and/or online. The courses offered vary each semester.

Courses include:

MDI 100: Foundations of Interpreting
3 credits

Offered in the Fall & Spring semesters.

MDI 110: Medical Interpreting I: Musculoskeletal, Cardio and Digestive Systems
3 credits

Offered in the Spring semester.

MDI 120: Medical Interpreting II: Reproductive and Respiratory Systems 
3 credits

Offered in the Fall semester.

MDI 130: Medical Terminology
3 credits

Offered in the Fall & Spring semesters.

*It is not necessary to follow a sequence but is recommended. MDI 100 and MDI 130 are the basic courses.

CSM students and community members are eligible to enroll in this program. For full-time CSM students, the tuition for Medical Interpreting courses is included in the full-time tuition plan.

Click here for more information regarding the cost per credit hour for the Medical Interpreting Certificate. 

How to Register

You can register by following the steps below:

  1. Fill out the PDF form
  2. Return the form to the Registrar’s Office
  3. Registrar’s Office will send a copy of your registration to your email
  4. You will then receive a CSM login and password
  5. The Express Center will send you a statement or you can contact them to make pay arrangements


You can talk with the program director regarding the program and courses if you have more specific questions.

For questions, contact Student Accounts at 402-399-2429 or studentaccounts [at]  The Registrar’s Office can be reached at 402-399-2443 or registrar [at]

Meet the Medical Interpreting Faculty