Course Information

Nuts and Bolts: Building Your Medical Terminology – Online

A Training Program for Healthcare Interpreters

A Program Incorporating Authorized Materials from Medical Terminology for Interpreters, 4th Edition

Course DescriptionSchedule Details

Course Description

So, you want to become a medical interpreter?

Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology is essential for medical and community interpreters. This 5-week in-depth course introduces medical and community interpreters to:

  • Greek and Latin roots and affixes found in common medical terms
  • 10 human body systems (integumentary, musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, immune, digestive, urinary, reproductive) and their corresponding body parts, functions, diseases and conditions
  • Medical tests, procedures and abbreviation
  • Symptoms versus signs
  • Registers of medical terminology
  • The Medical Interview

The program uses the comprehensive learning content and materials developed by Cross-Cultural Communications (CCC), a program recognized nationally and internationally for training community and medical interpreters. The course is very interactive; relying on the use of role play, activities, group exercises, and discussions based on videos. Each participant will be provided with a copy of the Medical Terminology for Interpreters, 4th Edition. As well as a 24-page workbook: The Human Body, Its Diseases and Conditions: A Review Workbook of Basic Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Interpreters. Written in plain English and featuring an abundance of visual aids these publications are easy to understand and a pleasure to read.

How will this course improve your practice?

Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Acquire a system to gain a deeper, more accurate understanding of medical terminology and know how to apply this knowledge while interpreting.
  • Avoid interpreting errors caused by lack of understanding about anatomical terms.
  • Acquire greater medical accuracy as an interpreter through a deeper knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Interpret for doctors who speak complex language that the patient may not understand.
  • Understand the difference between signs and symptoms.
  • Interpret common types of medical tests
  • Identify typical questions in the physician's standard history and physical exam.
  • Describe the relevance those questions have to how clinicians problem-solve.

Schedule Details

Spring Session: TBD   |  Fall Session: TBD

DAYS: Tuesdays and Thursdays | TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | LOCATION: Online (via Microsoft Teams)


The cost of this program is $275.00 (two hundred seventy-five dollars).  

Please note if you have attended our 10-week course, The Professional Interpreter. You can take the Nuts and Bolts: Building Your Medical Terminology course for $200.00 (Two hundred dollars)




All participants for this online course must have:

  • A desktop or laptop computer with a webcam. (The course may not be taken on a tablet, phone or other small device.)
  • Reasonably stable, reliable high-speed internet.
  • A headset with microphone or good earbuds with microphone.
  • Agree to abide by MUSC Interpreter Training Center (ITC) Online Class Policy
  • One textbook which will be mailed to you upon your successful enrollment


Interpreters preparing for medical interpreter certification (NBCMI or CCHI), experienced medical interpreters looking for a refresher, ASL interpreters wanting to specialize in healthcare or any bilingual healthcare professional.

This course is facilitated in English; however, glossary references are available in Spanish.

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.8 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.