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Interpreter Preparation Degree

Offered at: Westminster

A.A.S. in Interpreter Preparation

76 credits
(5-6 semesters)

This A.A.S. degree prepares students for entry-level employment as sign language interpreters.

Students must apply and be accepted into the program. To be accepted, students must demonstrate proficiency in ASL and English, and attend classes on a full-time day schedule (no part-time enrollees).

See required courses and program admission requirements.

See interpreter course descriptions.

See sign language course descriptions.

Dedicated Sign Language Facilities

The IPP lab (Room C0208) is open to IPP students from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Friday. Students can practice their skills by viewing videos from the lab library that cover fingerspelling and specific interpreting settings (such as legal, health care, medical, children, or other settings). Students can use the Sony Language Learning Software suite of products to record themselves signing, upload the video to the server, and get feedback from their instructors (bookmarked throughout the video).

Special Activities

Future Interpreters of Colorado (FIC)

FIC is the student organization for students pursuing an Interpreter Preparation degree. Upon acceptance into the program, students automatically become honorary members. FIC’s mission is to develop collaborations between the deaf community and FRCC students. FIC raises money for the deaf community and also raises money for the annual Silent Weekend retreat for first-year students.

Silent Weekend

Every March, we hold a two-day Silent Weekend at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies in Estes Park. The purpose of the Silent Weekend is to immerse first-year Interpreter Preparation students in ASL and the deaf culture. The Silent Weekend is mandatory for first-year students.

Transfer Options

All candidates seeking certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) must hold at least a bachelor’s degree (in any field).

Gallaudet University

After earning your A.A.S. at FRCC you can transfer your credits to Gallaudet to earn a B.A. in Interpreting. Gallaudet is the only university in the world that offers both an undergraduate and graduate degrees in American Sign Language-English Interpretation.

Regis University

FRCC has partnered with Regis University so that your A.A.S. degree will transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program (specialization in Community Interpreting). Learn about transferring to Regis.

Annual Salary

Entry Average Experienced
Interpreters & Translators

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2014)

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