New program offered to WOU medical students

Starting in September, Western Oregon University medical program students will get a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

Through a partnership with Rosetta Stone and, students in the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing at Western will be offered self-paced medical terminology interpreting classes.

These classes are designed to prepare students for Oregon state requirements that all medical interpreters are certified and trained.

The program will first be offered in English-Spanish classes, with other languages coming as needed.

Featuring major diseases, medical terminology and diagnostics, the classes will supplement WOU’s health care interpreting program requirements — the only university-level program in the state.

More than 50 students have completed Western’s health care interpreting program since its inception more than a year ago.

“There is a big need for interpreter training in Oregon and it is a real struggle to provide language-specific terminology classes for speakers of less common languages,” Professional Program Manager Brian Sly-Haley said.

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