Health Care Interpretation (Online), M.Sc. | Online | Rochester Institute of Technology | United States
M.Sc. Online

Health Care Interpretation (Online)

24 months
453 USD/year
453 USD/year
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The Health Care Interpretation (Online) program of Rochester Institute of Technology 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 degree 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 Health Care Interpretation (Online) program from Rochester Institute of Technology begins with a Professional Seminar course designed to establish the theoretical parameters students are expected to follow in case analysis, to establish a framework for conducting online discussions in safe and confidential ways, and to create connections among classmates that build trust and rapport. 

This initial connection promotes student engagement in the reflection-based components of the program. It is estimated that each course will require 9-12 hours per week for class assignments and course materials will be delivered asynchronously. In the final semester, students will complete a capstone course 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.  

Curriculum packed with high-demand skills

  • Health Care Expertise
Earning a specialized master’s degree will unlock leadership roles in this exploding field.
  • Competitive Edge
Demand is growing for specialized sign language health care interpreters as more deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals enter medical/health care fields.
  • Employer Demand
It’s in our DNA to deliver career-focused education that will have a direct and immediate impact on your career.
  • Flexible Degree
Learn valuable skills to advance your career in this degree designed to work around your schedule.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interpreting Research Settings
  • Professional Seminar
  • Theories of Translation and Interpretation
  • Human Body Systems/Diseases
  • Health Care Practical Interpreting
  • Human Body Systems/Diseases

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

On campus seminar in June, online in the following months.


33 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Enrollment in the MSHCI program is open to students residing in the United States and other countries. Current national ASL/English certification or state licensure is required. Applicants must email a copy of their credentials to the NTID Office of Admissions
  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university,
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above (or superior endorsement),
  • Submit an ASL interpretation sample (audio/video file or text translation will be provided),
  • Submit two letters of reference from individuals who have had the opportunity to observe the applicant's interpreting work,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a completed graduate application,
  • Submit a personal statement describing the applicant's educational objectives,
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants must submit an audiogram, and

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    453 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 906 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    453 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 906 USD for the full programme during 24 months.

The online MS Health Care Interpretation requires 33 credits and costs $906 per credit hour 


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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