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Health Care Interpreter Certificate

This program is currently suspended until further notice. 
Application Timeline Campus Locations
Fall Enrollment - Apply in June Providence - Evening Weekend 
Admissions Guidelines

Minimum requirements to apply to the Health Care Interpreter program:

  1. CCRI Application for Enrollment into General Studies with a pre-Health Care Interpreter (INTC) concentration.
  2. Official copy of a high school transcript, GED® transcript or baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution, including date of graduation or completion.
  3. ACCUPLACER test issued by CCRI's Department of Advising and Counseling.
    • Reading Comprehension Requirement:
      • Score of 80 or above in Classic Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension
        or score of 253 or above in Next Generation Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension
        or ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a grade of "B-" or better
    • Readiness for ENGL 1005: College Writing or higher
      or complete ENGL 0500: Basics of Composition with a "C" or better
      or ENGL 0250: Compensatory Writing Skills with a "B-" or better
      or ENGL 1300: Composition I for Speakers of English as a Second Language with a "C" or better

      Requirements above must be completed before taking the Versant Oral Proficiency Test in Spanish.

  4. Versant Oral Proficiency Test in Spanish
    • A minimum score of 78 must be earned. Test available at Knight campus only

      All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based Health Science (PBHS) application and does not guarantee acceptance.  Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester must resubmit a PBHS application for the program and meet current requirements. 

  5. Complete and submit an online PBHS application here.
    Deadlines are listed on the form.
  6. Conditionally accepted students are required to complete the following:
    • When directed by notification from the Office of Enrollment Services, submit a background check through
      Results of BCI may prevent admission due to clinical agencies' requirements.
      Please refer to the BCI policy before applying.
    • Submit all health care requirements to by the deadline identified.

Final acceptance is based upon the completion of the above criteria.

Requirements for the Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program
  • Student must successfully complete all courses in the Health Care Interpreter program to be certificate eligible.
  • Student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher throughout the program to be certificate eligible.
  • Students must have required immunizations completed before any field work.
  • Earn a grade of "C" or higher in RHAB 1010: Medical Terminology of Rehabilitative Health and INTC 1300: Health Care Interpreting I for progression to INTC 1310: Health Care Interpreting II.

Please note: Requirements are subject to change.

Most students in the Health Care Interpreter certificate program attend class part time.  The "normal" time to complete this certificate would be two (2) semesters (or 12 months).

For more clarifying information regarding any of the above, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at:

For Program Information, please contact:

Professor Elizabeth Morais, World Language Department - [email protected]
Assistant Professor Michelle Bull, Nursing Department - [email protected]

Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program Admission Criteria Point System

Versant Oral Proficiency Test in Spanish 78-80 points
Maximum Total Points 80 points

The top 15 students will be selected for conditional acceptance based on the highest scores on the Versant Oral Proficiency Test in Spanish.

In the event of a tie, the date of the Performance-Based Health Sciences Application will be used as the tie-breaker.

Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of "B."