Health and Medical Related Programs

Basic Life Support (BLS) For Healthcare Providers
FSR-108  $69

This one-day course presents the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR and AED program, teaching skills needed for professionals to use in the initial response to adults, children, and infants with cardiac emergencies and choking. Skills include one and two person CPR, use of a mask for ventilation, and Automated External Defibrillator. Program includes both skill tests and written test; written test requires students to read English at approximately the 10th grade level. Students who need extra time to complete the tests may need to stay beyond the end of the scheduled class time. Text is BLS for Healthcare Providers (Student Manual), published in 2011; older editions not acceptable. Book may be independently purchased by students ahead of time; instructor will also have books for sale on day of class. For those who successfully complete the program will receive a two-year certification card will be sent to them via BHCC approximately one week after the class.


Medical Interpreting Certificate Program
WCE-375-S1  $1,074

Medical Interpreting Certificate Program (54 hours), includes program manual and laboratory fee. *

Spring 2015
S1 Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. TBA
  CHAR March 7th - May 2nd  

Application Process
This program is open to all languages, but students must be able to fully comprehend and communicate in both English and at least one other language. Because a selective interview is required before acceptance, students must register at least two weeks in advance.

Program Description
If you’re bilingual, have good speaking and listening skills, and enjoy working with people, you may have a future as a medical interpreter. Medical interpreters are in great demand nationwide, including here in Massachusetts where interpreters are legally required in acute care hospitals and behavioral health facilities. The Department of Labor Statistics reports “Employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This 54-hour course provides a working knowledge of the various aspects of medical interpreting such as the standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical vocabulary development. Students will also have the opportunity to perform role-plays via Skype with individual language coach/facilitators. Each student receives three role-play sessions as part of the course, but can opt to continue working with the language coach upon completion of the course. An experienced medical interpreter working in the field teaches this course.

*The lab fee includes three Skype role-play sessions with a language coach/facilitator.

This program will include:

  • Overview of the profession and professional settings
  • Sight translation
  • Consecutive and simultaneous interpreting practice
  • Role-playing
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Readings in the field
  • Exercises for building memory and concentration
  • Discussion of practices, standards, and ethics
  • Vocabulary in the medical and legal fields
  • Advice on how to find (and keep) a job as an interpreter

This program will prepare interpreters to work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Health clinics
  • Governmental health agencies
  • Social services providers
  • Insurance companies
  • School systems
  • And more