Ukrainian-English: Intro To Health Care And Social Service Interpreting

Ukranian Interpretation Health Care - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Class Overview

This unique class is specifically designed for bilingual Ukrainian-English speakers who wish to serve as health care and social service interpreters. 

The United States is expecting to receive a large number of Ukrainian refugees over the next six months. Companies that provide interpreters to medical and social service providers are urgently seeking trained interpreters to meet the language needs of this incoming group.

This introductory class will provide an intensive interactive learning experience designed to provide a foundation for individuals who are already fluent in English and Ukrainian to act as interpreters in health care and social service settings. The class will cover the following topics: 

  • The purpose and roles of an interpreter in health and human service settings
  • Interpreter ethics
  • Interpreting protocols
  • Accuracy in consecutive interpreting
  • Basic medical and social service terminology
  • Preparation for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Interpreter Authorization test
  • Opportunities for additional education as a professional interpreter

Taught by nationally-recognized interpreter trainer Cindy Roat, this class will be taught principally in English, with bilingual practice sessions overseen by Ukrainian-speaking language coaches. 

Learning Outcomes

After this introductory training, students will be able to: 

  • Define the purpose and role boundaries of an interpreter in healthcare and social-service settings
  • Apply the DSHS Code of Conduct in making ethical decisions 
  • Demonstrate professional protocols in interpreting 
  • Demonstrate accuracy and completeness in basic consecutive interpreting in healthcare and social services

Required Textbook 

No textbook is required, however resources for purchase will be recommended.

Who Should Take this Class?

  • This class is for people who are interested in becoming a professional interpreter in English/Ukrainian in the healthcare and/or social service fields.
  • Novice interpreter in English/Ukrainian who wish to work in the healthcare and/or social service fields in the near future. 

Prerequisites: Candidates for this class must be over 18 years old, have at least a high-school-equivalent degree, and possess a high degree of oral and written fluency in both English and Ukrainian. They must have access to a quiet environment where they can access high-speed internet through a computer (not a cell phone), and they must be willing to dedicate three hours twice a week to the online class, as well as out-of-class time for homew


Find out about scholarships for summer translation and interpretation students! This opportunity is made possible thanks to Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society (NOTIS).



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