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Health Care Interpretation
Master of Science
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Graduate Program Contact Kathleen Miraglia

The master of science degree program in health care interpretation (MSHCI) is designed to meet the demands of nationally certified sign language interpreters desiring a master’s degree specific to working in health care environments. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf's Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education administers the program. RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST) collaborates by offering an elective within the MSHCI program. This unique program:

  • Prepares interpreters to work in leadership roles in the health care interpreting field.
  • Meets the growing demand for specialized sign language health care interpreters as more deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals enter medical/health care fields.
  • Increases the number of specialized sign language interpreters working in patient health care settings.

The program requires the completion of 33 credits with 10 required courses and one elective course (3 credits each). The program can be completed in one academic year (with two summers) for full-time students, or completed in two academic years (with two summers) for part-time students.

Please note: The program begins with a one-week on-campus residency Professional Seminar. The remainder of the curriculum employs an online pedagogical approach, including accelerated courses as its primary delivery system.

  • Price

    $835 per credit hour (2019-20)

    $880 per credit hour (2020-21)

  • Duration

    33 credit hours required

    The program can be completed in one academic year (with two summers) for full-time students, or completed in two academic years (with two summers) for part-time students.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Health Care Interpreter
    • Manager/Administrator of Interpreter Services
    • Consultant
    • Designated Interpreter for Deaf Health Care Professionals
    • Video Remote Interpreter
  • Employers
    • Hospitals
    • Health Systems
    • Ambulatory Care Facilities
    • Interpreter Referral Agencies
    • Video Remote Interpreter Service Providers
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applicants are encouraged to send all required application materials by April 1.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in health care interpretation, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

    • Enrollment in the MSHCI program is open to students residing in the United States and other countries. Current national ASL/English certification or state licensure is required. Applicants must email a copy of their credentials to the NTID Office of Admissions at ,
    • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university,
    • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above (or superior endorsement),
    • Submit an ASL interpretation sample (audio/video file or text translation will be provided),
    • Submit two letters of reference from individuals who have had the opportunity to observe the applicant's interpreting work,
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
    • Submit a completed graduate application,
    • Submit a personal statement describing the applicant's educational objectives,
    • Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants must submit an audiogram, and
    • Provide proof of completion of a course in medical terminology. (This is required after admission to the program is offered. The course must be completed prior to the beginning of the summer session. This $99 self-paced online course is called Language of Medicine.)
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.