Translation Certificate Program



Course Description

The certificate in Spanish/English Translation is designed to respond to the increasing local, national, and international demand for professionals, educators, and students interested in meeting the challenges of an increasingly multicultural and multilingual society.

The 3-course, 16-week curriculum, is designed to train entry-level translators in Spanish to meet the needs of doctors' offices, hospitals, public health settings, courts, legal offices, schools, etc. Students who are admitted to the program can also take individual courses.

Who is this program for?

The Spanish-English Translation Certificate (Medical, Legal, and Business), is intended for bilingual (English-Spanish) speakers with no formal training in translation education who wish to improve or expand their knowledge and skills in oral or written translation. The online mode of delivery is ideal for professionals who, due to career and family obligations, cannot attend face-to-face classes.

Upon completion of the program, students will have attained the following:

  • Practice translating medical, legal, and business content from English to Spanish and Spanish to English
  • Knowledge of English/Spanish health, legal and business terminology and of how to expand on it
  • Knowledge of how to make translation decisions on the basis of the translation requirements
  • Training in cultural competency
  • Preparation to work in health and legal settings

A UA Certificate in Translation is awarded upon completion of the program (3 courses) and demonstration of excellence by successfully completing a comprehensive examination. 

Students must first pass a written entrance exam to test their proficiency in English and Spanish before being allowed to register for the program. In addition, students must complete and submit a background information form. The application is located here.

For more information, please call 520-626-3343 or see the Program FAQs