Kathleen Miraglia, Program Director
This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.
Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.
|Program Available Online?||Yes|
|Application Deadline||April 1|
|Admit Term||On campus seminar in June, online in the following months|
|Entrance Exam||National ASL/English cert. or state license required. ASL interpreting sample.|
|English Language Exams:|
Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
The MS degree in health care interpretation is designed to meet the demand for nationally-certified sign language interpreters who wish to work in health care environments.
Health care interpreters work in various health care settings where hearing people and deaf or hard-of-hearing people need to interact and communicate. Interpreters may assist deaf patients and their families in understanding medical testing, treatments, and diagnoses; facilitate communication for deaf health care professionals with colleagues and patients; and/or provide interpretation for deaf individuals who are enrolled in health care-related degree programs or training courses designed to educate and prepare them for careers in health care-related professions. This unique program also prepares interpreters to work in administrative roles ensuring language access to patients in hospital settings. Successful completion of this program could lead to employment as a sign language health care interpreter and/or a language access coordinator of sign and spoken language interpreting services in one of the most important new fields of health care.
The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|HCIA-705||Professional Seminar (summer)||3|
|HCIA-715||Human Body Systems/Diseases I (summer)||3|
|HCIA-719||Theories of Translation and Interpretation (summer)||3|
|HCIA-720||Health Care Practical Interpreting I||3|
|HCIA-730||Human Body Systems/Diseases II||3|
|HCIA-740||Health Care Practical Interpreting II||3|
|HLTH-710||Health Care Governance and Economics||3|
|HLTH-723||Human Resources in Health Care||3|
|HCIA-750||Health Care Interpreting Within a Diverse Deaf Community (summer)||3|
|HCIA-770||Capstone Professional Project or Research Paper (summer)||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||33|
To be considered for admission to the MS program in health care interpretation, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
Applicants accepted into the program are required to complete a self-paced online course in medical terminology called Language of Medicine prior to the beginning of the summer term, which starts each June.