The NICHC eLearning platform

NICHC eLearning is the online education platform developed by The National Institute for Coordinated Healthcare (NICHC) to address the training needs of bilingual and multilingual individuals that want to start, update, or advance their knowledge and skills in the medical interpreting profession.
NICHC eLearning, provides access to online content on basic training with Core Medical Interpreter Training (CMIT), and advanced Medical Interpreter training with workshops offering continuing education units (CEUs) to renew national certification with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and The National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).



For your convenience, our NICHC eLearning platform is available on the Moodle Mobile App.
You can download the Moodle App from the links below for iPhone and Android-based smartphones.
Once you download the app, please enter: https://elearn.nichc.org and navigate through our courses, select the courses of your interest, and send an email to elearning@nichc.org to register.


      For iPhone users
      Download the Moodle Mobile app by clicking here.


   For Android users
   Download the Moodle Mobile app by clicking here.




All our workshops are intended to advance your knowledge of medical terminology, acronyms, and phrases.
For that reason, we recommend that you purchase our Workbook for Medical Interpreters. This workbook presents a variety of topics aligned with the CMIT contents on body systems. This workbook presents challenges to individuals interested in learning more about medical and healthcare-related terms, acronyms and phrases that medical interpreters are routinely exposed to during medical encounters.
Our workbook contains more than 20 chapters to help you learn more about building, deconstructing, deciphering medical terms, the body systems, diagnostic imaging, specialized settings (genetics, mental health, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics), and some of the most prevalent chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and congestive heart failure.
You can purchase this workbook by filling out this order form (click here for free shipping). 

Register here for the Advanced Medical Interpreter Training Workshops

Our Core Medical Interpreter Training (CMIT) graduates receive a one-time 20% discount. Email us at elearning@nichc.org

Click the REGISTER HERE link below:

Available courses

CMIT eLearn Instructors

This course contains the CMIT lessons conducted synchronously during Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm.

Core Medical Interpreter TrainingTM (CMITTM)

Culinary Health Fund

The Core Medical Interpreter Training (CMIT) eLearn is designed to be taken by students in a blended (classroom + online) education model. Please consult with your instructor about the distribution of lessons, or email us at elearning@nichc.org

Welcome to the Cert+, the preparation course for the National Certification examination with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).
This course is designed for medical interpreters that want to obtain the CoreCHI™ or CHI™ credentials from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters.


Sight translation is a challenging, yet widely used mode of interpreting in medical/healthcare settings. Sight translating entails a set of skills that need to be developed separately from other modes of interpreting. This workshop will help you improve the skills involved in sight translation using real scenarios.

Interpreting in consecutive mode is a challenge for many interpreters. This workshop will help you improve your memory skills and consecutive technique using real scenarios and audio recording to assess and improve your performance.

This workshop is intended to help medical interpreters acquire the basic concepts, evaluation, and organ transplant options for LEP patients. The workshop includes practice scenarios in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, sight translation, with emphasis on the most frequent medications for organ transplant patients.

Asthma, is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States affecting children and adults. Interpreters are constantly exposed to interpreting for asthma patients and their families. This workshop provides pertinent information on the causes of asthma, treatment plans, medications, and common interpreting scenarios.

This workshop is intended to update Medical Interpreters on Diabetes types, its causes, figures and facts, and learn how to handle a medical encounter that involves this chronic disease.

 

Participants will learn the specific characteristics of practicing in advanced settings and will be equipped with techniques, terminology, and strategies to reach the next level in their profession, and maintain the integrity of Professional Standards of Practice.

This workshop is intended to help medical interpreters acquire the basic concepts, causes, and management of Kidney failure for LEP patients, practice diagnosis and management scenarios, and learn some of the most frequent medications used to treat this disease.

This workshop is intended to help medical interpreters acquire the basic concepts, evaluation, and organ transplant options for LEP patients. The workshop includes practice scenarios in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, sight translation, with emphasis on the most frequent medications for organ transplant patients.

This workshop is meant to help the interpreter trainee that has been invited to be part of a selection process to become a contract/reelance interpreter with Phoenix Language Services.

This course is designed to be taken by healthcare professional that have a basic level of Spanish.

The healthcare professionals will receive an introduction to the culture and basic aspects of Spanish-speaking populations, learn the linguistic equivalents of anatomical structures and physiological functions, as well as simple instructions to interact with patients and family members during medical encounters.

Please email us for more information at elearning@nichc.org

This workshop is intended to update Medical Interpreters with the latest peer-reviewed research evidence using nutritional principles to significantly improve, and in some cases, reverse the onset and progression of diabetes.

Participants will learn the facts, figures, and available options for people to make informed decisions on nutrition and lifestyle.

This course is designed to be taken by students or professionals interested in learning more about the principles of health literacy  applied to nutrition.

The students will receive an introduction to health literacy and its impact on people's nutrition, health status, and general well-being when exposed to the Standard American Diet, or westernized diets.

Please email us for more information at elearning@nichc.org


This workshop is intended to update Medical Interpreters on the basic concepts of Nutrition and its connection with diseases, particularly chronic diseases with figures and facts, and learn how to handle a medical encounter that involves nutrition as part of patient education.

Participants will learn the specific characteristics of practicing in advanced settings and will be equipped with techniques, terminology, and strategies to reach the next level in their profession, and maintain the integrity of Professional Standards of Practice.



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Language and cultue in health care

by BbOpenLMS Support -


Language and culture

Language and culture are factors that have been proved to affect the interaction between patients and health care providers, causing disparities such as less access to care, more hospital readmissions, longer hospital stays, and poorer health outcomes (Flores, 2006).

How can we address these disparities? The Joint Commission and the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) standards recommend the use of a mixture of resources composed of linguistically proficient and professionally trained medical/healthcare interpreters, remote interpreting services, and professionally-translated written materials.


"Do you speak Spanish? Don't worry. I got this!"

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Spanish is the most spoken language other than English at home in the United States with close to 40 million Spanish speakers. Sometimes, people think they know "some" Spanish (or any language other than English), and they try to establish communication with speakers of other languages. When such attempts happen in health care settings, there may be consequences affecting the patient's care and outcome. This has been documented by physicians, and by published research articles (2012, 2013).

    Addressing language and cultural barriers professionally

      Communication is complex. If we add the evident stressors of patients with limited English proficiency attending a medical visit, this communication can become emotional, and more difficult to understand.
      The use of bilingual untrained employees has been the go-to resource for many organizations. However, a study published a few years ago (Flores, 2012) identified a large number of errors with potentially negative consequences for the patient in 15-minute medical encounters. The only factor with statistical significance that reduced the number errors and the nature of the consequences was the factor of number of training hours. The number with statistical significance was 100 hours.

      The NICHC proposal

        The National Institute for Coordinated Health Care (NICHC), is committed to empower individuals with linguistic and cultural skills through professional training by providing them with knowledge, tools,resources, and new skills to respond to the growing demand of language interpreting services in health care and other professional settings.

        This e-learning site, helps you to acquire the basic and advanced knowledge and skills in medical/healthcare interpreting. Join us in the journey of learning, and consolidate your linguistic skills with a new career path to help people get the health care they need and deserve.

        Choose from our list of basic and advanced training options and enhance your professional development.

        (Edited by Gerardo Lazaro-Admin - original submission Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 4:37 PM)