The Medical Interpreter Online (TMIO) is a robust introduction to medical interpreting. It prepares you to enter the field as a professional interpreter in healthcare. TMIO is the authorized online version of The Community Interpreter® International, the world’s leading entry-level program for medical interpreting. It promotes national ethics and standards of practice in the field and can prepare interpreters to take national medical interpreter certification. The course provides an introduction to the U.S. healthcare system, three lessons on medical terminology, ethics and conduct, basic skills (from pre-session to post-session), positioning, modes of interpreting, steps for sight translation, strategies for intervention, cultural mediation, and other vital skills and topics.
Course description: The medical-only version of the leading national 40-hour certificate program for community interpreting. The Medical Interpreter Online (TMIO) satisfies the prerequisite training needed before applying for medical interpreter certification with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) or the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). It is also recognized by the Maryland Court Interpreter Program as prerequisite training before applying for Maryland Court Interpreter Certification.
Course length: 40 hours
Course access period: Six months
Course completion requirements: Pass 22 lesson exit tests (score of 70% or above) and one 90-minute final assessment (score of 75% or above).
Certificate: Downloadable certificates available immediately upon passing each lesson exit test and final assessment.
TMIO Module 1 (Estimated time for completion: 6 hours, 50 minutes)
This module provides an overview and history of the profession, an exploration of the credentials, testing and type of certification you’ll need to establish yourself as a professional in the field and an introduction to ethics and interpreter self-assessment.
TMIO Module 2 (Estimated time for completion: 10.5 hours)
This module dives into the skills and protocols necessary to conduct yourself as a professional medical interpreter.
TMIO Module 3 (Estimated time for completion: 7.5 hours)
Module 3 is your roadmap on cultural competence and what to do when communication breaks down in the interpreting session. By the end of this section you will have learned advanced strategies for cultural mediation that will help you facilitate meaningful cultural dialogue among participants in the encounter.
TMIO Module 4 (Estimated time for completion: 8 hours, 40 minutes)
In this module, you will learn who you are as an interpreter and how you fit into the profession. This module begins with a video introduction to the U.S. healthcare system which provides critical information that a medical interpreter needs to know to work professionally and effectively in the U.S. This module closes with a two-part video entitled “Special Topics In Medical Interpreting” which identifies important protocols for medical interpreters, addresses legal issues in medical interpreting and discusses important practices for infection control. By the end of this section, you will know what it means to be a professional interpreter and how you can conduct yourself to honor and uphold this important profession.
TMIO Module 5 Medical Terminology for Interpreters (Estimated time for completion: 6.5 hours)
These three, self-contained lessons present an overview of medical terminology for interpreters, how these terms relate to the human body and language registers used in healthcare.
*Please note that there is an additional $20 processing fee, per program, for RID CEUs.
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