ASL Specialized Interpreting: Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting

This 0.5 credit hour course designed to promote an infusion of resources related to interpreting in healthcare. It will serve as an introduction to the benefits and challenges of interpreting in healthcare settings in an effort to prepare interpreters in making well- informed decisions about their readiness and qualifications for interpreting in these settings.

Please note that students must possess basic American Sign Language/English interpreting skills before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this badge, students will be able to:

  • Define the skills that form the foundation for skilled healthcare interpreting.
  • Recognize the personal skills necessary to provide skilled healthcare interpreting.
  • Describe the importance of skilled healthcare interpreting to the Deaf community.
  • Compare and contrast how ethical decision-making frameworks are applied in healthcare and other settings.
  • Judge the readiness of personal skills to provide skilled healthcare interpreting.

Credit Hours
Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


Kathy Stewart, MALS

Kathy Stewart, MALS

Ms. Stewart is a certified ASL/English Sign Language Interpreter holding a Kansas certification level of 5/5. She serves as the assistant director in the Office of Disability Services, where she oversees all interpreting services on campus, and fills in as a substitute interpreter as needed. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for ASL classes through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), as well as the Kansas affiliate chapter of RID where she served as president for 5 years.


CRN Course # Term
26276 CSD 420BA Spring 2019