Medical Interpreter Training

Next session will happen Aug. 22-Dec. 12, 2023. 

Hand holding a glass globe over a stethoscope to symbolize a medical interpreterIf you are fluent in English and at least one other language, like helping people, and are comfortable in medical settings, a job as a medical interpreter might interest you. And the Tennessee Language Center can help you on that path.

Our program prepares you to test to become a certified medical interpreter through either the CCHI or the NBCMI, the two organizations that certify medical interpreters in the U.S. The TLC program is a collaboration between the Tennessee Language Center (TLC) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Additional questions may be answered by contacting TLC at

This course is offered fully online and can be taken anywhere in the U.S.

Course Structure:

  • 50 hours of theory
  • 16 hours of simulations
  • 4 hours of observations

Course Schedule:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST
  • for 15 weeks

Course Cost:

Tuition $975* if paid in one installment; or 3 installments of $325 (totaling $975)

Textbook cost is included in tuition.

Course Pre-Requisites

Open to anyone who successfully completes a dual-language assessment.

The required score is 10 out of 12. See the scoring guide for more information.

The cost is $66 per test. You will need to take two tests: English and the other language you speak.

Contact to schedule.

Refund Policy:

Students who withdraw before the first day of class or within the first 12 class hours: Full refund
Students who withdraw after the first 12 class hours: No refund

Additional questions may be answered by contacting TLC at