Overview

The Master of Science degree program in health care interpretation 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 with some course work contributed by RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology. This unique program:

  • 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.
  • Prepares interpreters to work in leadership roles in the health care interpreting field.

The program begins with a one-week on-campus Professional Seminar held during the first week of June each year. This course consists of pre-readings, 40 hours of classroom instruction, and assignments to be completed after the on-campus sessions. The course is designed to deliver crucial introductory content and create connections that build trust and rapport among classmates. This initial connection promotes student engagement in the reflection-based components of the program. The Professional Seminar course establishes the theoretical parameters that you are expected to follow in case analysis and establishes a framework for conducting online discussions in safe and confidential ways.

The remaining course work is taken online. It is estimated that each course will require 9-12 hours per week for class assignments. Course materials will be delivered via both synchronous and asynchronous methods. In your final semester, you will complete a capstone project consisting of either a research paper or project.

The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis: one academic year (with two summers) for full-time students or two academic years (with two summers) for part-time students.

Industries

  • Health Care
  • Non-Profit
  • Other Education

Typical Job Titles

  • Manager of Interpreter Services
  • Sign Language Interpreter

Curriculum

Health Care Interpretation (full-time), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • HCIA-610 Interpreting Research Settings (summer)
  • HCIA-705 Professional Seminar (summer)
  • HCIA-719 Theories of Translation and Interpretation (summer)
  • HCIA-715 Human Body Systems/Diseases I*
  • HCIA-720 Health Care Practical Interpreting I*
  • HCIA-730 Human Body Systems/Diseases II**
  • HCIA-740 Health Care Practical Interpreting II**
  • HCIA-760 Research Methods in Interpreting
  • HLTH Elective

Second Year

  • HCIA-750 Health Care Interpreting Within a Diverse Deaf Community (summer)
  • HCIA-770 Capstone Prof Proj/Rsrch Paper (summer)

*HCIA-715 and HCIA-720 are taken in session 1 (first 7 weeks) of the semester.
**HCIA-730 and HCIA-740 are taken in session 2 (last 7 weeks) of the semester.

Health Care Interpretation (part-time), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • HCIA-705 Professional Seminar (summer)
  • HCIA-719 Theories of Translation and Interpretation (summer)
  • HCIA-715 Human Body Systems/Diseases I*
  • HCIA-720 Health Care Practical Interpreting I*
  • HCIA-730 Human Body Systems/Diseases II**
  • HCIA-740 Health Care Practical Interpreting II**

Second Year

  • HCIA-610 Interpreting Research Settings (summer)
  • HCIA-750 Health Care Interpreting Within a Diverse Deaf Community (summer)
  • HCIA-760 Research Methods in Interpreting
  • HCIA-770 Capstone Prof Proj/Rsrch Paper
  • HLTH Elective

*HCIA-715 and HCIA-720 are taken in session 1 (first 7 weeks) of the semester.
**HCIA-730 and HCIA-740 are taken in session 2 (last 7 weeks) of the semester.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in health care interpretation, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application,
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae,
  • Hold current national ASL/English certification or state licensure. Applicants must email a copy of their credentials to ntidadmissions@rit.edu.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (or superior endorsement) from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit two letters of reference from individuals who are qualified to observe your interpreting work.
  • Submit a personal statement describing your educational objectives. (This may include reasons for applying to the program, how the program will relate to long-range career objectives, any personal or non-academic qualities that contribute to the program, any prior experience, or why you want to attend RIT.)
  • Submit an ASL interpretation sample.
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants must submit an audiogram.
  • 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.
Program taught in:
  • English
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

See 67 more programs offered by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) »

Last updated July 12, 2019
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Aug 24, 2020
Duration
Request Info
Part-time
Full-time
Price
Deadline
Apr 1, 2020
By locations
By date
Start Date
Aug 24, 2020
End Date
May 7, 2022
Application deadline
Apr 1, 2020

Aug 24, 2020

Location
Application deadline
Apr 1, 2020
End Date
May 7, 2022