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Massachusetts offers 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
    Boston University
    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.

    Bristol Community College Community Interpreting
    777 Elsbree Street
    Fall River, MA 02720
    Program director: José Costa
Tel. 508-678-2811        

• 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
    Tel: 617-228-2000

• 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.
    You can view the latest issue of Communicator Express, where training opportunities are listed.                                                    

    800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3800-3900
    Woburn, MA 01801
    Tel. 781-729-3736

    The Millyard Technology Park
    43 Technology Way, 2E3
    Nashua, NH 03060
    Contact: Zarita Araujo-Lane
    Tel. 1-888-678-CCCS

• Language Connections offers a six-week 60-hour medical interpreter training program in Boston 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.
    2001 Beacon Street, Suite 105
    Boston, MA 02135
   Tel: 857-373-9423  

• The Massachusetts Court System, Office of Court Interpreter Services, occasionally 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. Narda Campusano-Horton is the program and training manager.

    Office of Court Interpreter Services
    2 Center Plaza, 9th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108
    Tel. 617-878-0343

• The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers two types of interpreting certificates for undergraduate and graduate students.               Contact: Prof. Edwin Gentzler
   Tel. 413-545-2203                                                       

• 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                                               
   Tel. 508-856-2792

• International Translation Company offers 8-week program or 2-week intensive program in medical interpreting four times a year.

    1807 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02118
    Shamso Ahmed:
    Tel: 617-606-0144

• MedTalk Training is a 60-hour online, self-paced medical interpreter course.

    English-Spanish program with IMIA accreditation

• Stephen Sanford has used the Soundcloud platform to create a training resource for both simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. Most of the material is legal, and includes a bail argument, a change-of-plea colloquy, as well as jury instructions, police reports, and arraignments.There are also some exercises that do not include any legal vocabulary. The source language is English, although in some consecutive exercises the source language is Portuguese.

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 generally 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)

    Tel: 413-545-2203

• 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 Boulevard
    Boston, MA 02125
    Contact: Peggy Fitzgerald
   Tel: 617-287-7550

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.    

For information on translation and interpreting programs around the country and around the world, contact the American Translators Association at about their publication, “International Certification Study” or see the ATA’s list of approved translation and interpreting schools at

Online Interpreter Training and Translation Courses

  • University of Denver has ten-week online courses in Spanish<>English translation studies leading to a certificate.
  • Glendon College in Toronto, Canada, offers a one-year online program culminating in a graduate diploma in general interpreting. Students can also attend a second year on campus for a master of conference interpreting degree.
  • 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.
    Morgane Serio, Course Administrator
    Tel. 313-872-0787
  • Online Resources for Conference Interpreter Training (ORCIT)   Free online classes for basic interpreter training                  provided by the European Union

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