Massachusetts has a wide range of programs in medical, legal, and community interpreting. Some of the programs include a translation component.
• Boston University offers certificate programs in medical, legal, and community interpreting for people able to speak, read, and write English plus Spanish, Portuguese, or Chinese fluently. There also exists an internship program for those who have earned certificates.
Center for Professional Education
1010 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02215
Tel. 866-633-9370 x402
• Bristol Community College’s certificate program prepares students who are bilingual in Portuguese to work as interpreters in a variety of community settings, including legal and medical.
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Program director: José Costa
• Bunker Hill Community College offers a part-time evening Medical Interpreting Certificate Program designed to prepare graduates to qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, chronic care facilities, and health maintenance organizations. The program is one of the school's Allied Health Programs, which are taught at its Chelsea campus.
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue
• Cambridge College offers a medical interpreter program within an undergraduate degree program, or as non-degree professional training. Students must demonstrate proficiency in one target language: Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, or Vietnamese.
1000 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
• Cross Cultural Communication Systems, Inc. assists students to function as bilingual professionals in a qualified human services and healthcare workforce. It offers certificate programs in medical interpretation, interpreting in mental health settings, and legal interpretation. See
www.cccsorg.com/training/interpreter_summary.html or view the latest issue of Communicator Express, where training opportunities are listed.
800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3800-3900
Woburn, MA 01801
The Millyard Technology Park
43 Technology Way, 2E3
Nashua, NH 03060
Contact: Zarita Araujo-Lane
• Language Connections offers a six-week 60-hour medical interpreter training program in Boston
2001 Beacon St., Suite 105
developed by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to enable participants to become competent medical interpreters.
The program is offered in: Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Mandarin Chinese.
Boston, MA 02135
Phone: (857) 373-9423
• The Massachusetts Court System, Office of Court Interpreter Services provides training to interpreters employed by the court. Currently the office employs approximately 175 interpreters of language ranging from Spanish and Portuguese to Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer, Polish, and Russian.
2 Center Plaza, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Contact: Leonor Figueroa-Feher
• The Interpreting Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst certified qualified students in general language interpreting in French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, or Portuguese, or in other languages. www.umass.edu/ug_programguide/interpreter.html Tel. 413-545-2203 Contact: Prof. Edwin Gentzler Email:
• UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, offers a 90-hour medical interpreting training program to qualified bilingual applicants. The program has two modules: 45 classroom hours and 45 hours of practicum.
Program coordinator: Estela McDonough
• Interpreter Education Online is a language-pair-specific training program for court interpreters. Basic and advanced programs and single-topic units for English, Arabic, Albanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, German, French, Haitian Creole, Polish, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Mandarin.
• Online Resources for Conference Interpreter Training (ORCIT)
Morgane Serio, Course Administrator
Tel.: (313) 872-0787
Free online classes for basic interpreter training provided by the European Union
• Medical Interpreter Training
Every fall, 50 hours of training over three months, two nights a week
100 Malcolm X Blvd.
Boston, MA 02120
Phone: 781 635-4005
Whereas some of the interpreting programs listed above include translation components, the following programs specialize solely in translation.
• University of Massachusetts-Amherst offers a Master of Arts in Translation Studies, which is a separate track of the M.A. in Comparative Literature. This is a four-semester full-time program.
Translation Center, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
19 Herter Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
Contact: Prof. Edwin Gentzler (Director of the Translation Center)
• University of Massachusetts-Boston offers an online two-semester undergraduate certificate program in Spanish/English translation designed to meet the increasing local, national, and international demand for professional translators.
Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Massachusetts-Boston,
McCormack Hall, 4th floor, Room 618, 100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Contact: Peggy Fitzgerald
Translation or Interpreting
• New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers certificates in a number of languages, primarily in translation but also in interpreting. Programs are designed with flexible formats. www.scps.nyu.edu/areas-of-study/foreign-languages/professional-certificates
For information on translation and interpreting programs around the country and around the world, contact the American Translators Association at www.atanet.org about their publication, “International Certification Study” or see the ATA’s list of approved translation and interpreting schools at www.atanet.org/certification/eligibility_approved.php.