Admission Information

Who Can Apply?

Any interested Spanish-English bilingual, or health worker with strong Spanish skills may apply. The first step for admission eligibility to the Medical Interpreting Program (MIP) is a pass in the mandatory bilingual Screening Test. You will also need either 36 or more semester units, or two letters of recommendation indicating practical use of your bilingual proficiency.

Admission Information and Requirements

The formal admission process includes the following steps:

  1. Completion of a mandatory screening test
  2. Submission of a completed application form prior to the start of the first class along with either academic transcripts or 2 references that meet the following guidelines:
  3. By week 4 of the the first quarter, either academic transcripts or 2 references, as follows must be submitted:
  • Official transcripts indicating the completion of 54 quarter or 36 semester units of college coursework, or 
  • 2 letters of recommendation indicating practical bilingual experience

Apply To The Program

Screening Test Registration

You must take this test of your bilingual skills before you start classes.

2016 Bilingual Screening Test dates are:
August 6, 2016

Time: All Bilingual Screening Tests are on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Cal State LA campus at Salazar Hall. Click here to download a campus map. (Note: the Salazar Hall room number for your orientation date will be communicated via email in response to your registration.)

The Bilingual Screening Test qualifies candidates for both the Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate Program (LIT) and the Medical Interpreting Certificate Program (MIP), but does not involve technical vocabulary from either field. The target competency is academic but general; the purpose is to gauge bilingual literacy accumulated over a lifetime, not command of any technical or linguistic niche. The test covers monolingual and bidirectional bilingual competencies (i.e., English only, Spanish only, English to Spanish and Spanish to English) in vocabulary, grammar, word usage and reading comprehension. The format for the test is 100 multiple choice questions.

RSVP:  Test candidates must pre-register no later than 12 noon on the Friday before the day of the test. To register, call (323) 343-4900 and request registration for the LIT/MIP Bilingual Screening Test.  The Salazar Hall room number for your test date will be communicated via email after registration has closed.

Financial Aid

Can I get financial aid?

No, however, you may be eligible for student loans

  • Financial aid is only given to students enrolled in degree programs. This is a certificate program, thus our students are ineligible. However private student loans are available through the CSULA Credit Union, Wells Fargo and Sallie Mae. If interested, start your research at the PaGE Financial Assistance page.