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Medical Interpreting Practicum

The Medical Interpreter Practicum serves as the next step for individuals who have completed a forty-hour interpreter training program. It gives participants an opportunity to interpret in genuine medical settings under the supervision of a certified medical interpreter, and to discuss their experiences with others within a safe environment.

Participants will complete thirty hours of fieldwork at various health care clinics within MUSC Health. This is a combination of observation and direct interpreting under supervision. Participants will also submit written summaries regarding their interpreting process, techniques, and ethical decision making.

At the conclusion of the practicum, participants will sit for an interpreting diagnostic assessment. This assessment measures the interpreter’s skills and level of competence in their knowledge of medical terminology, sight translation, and consecutive interpretation. Participants will receive a written report that provides a summary of their performance and recommendation for further skill development.

The program is currently open to Spanish interpreters only.

Program Cost

Participants must pay a non-refundable commitment fee to join the practicum. The current fee is $300 and is due before the beginning of the practicum.


The following criteria will be used to select applicants to participate in this program:

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a forty-hour interpreter training program.
  • Applicants must agree to complete the entire program including the written summaries and diagnostic assessment.

If you would like the opportunity to observe a medical interpreter and gain real-life interpreting experience, please go to the registration page and follow the steps outlined there.