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Spanish Bilingual Assistant Class (SBA)

History of the Spanish Bilingual Assistant Class

In 1986, a grant through the University of Arizona assisted in the development of a pilot training program for Spanish Bilingual speaking staff to serve as interpreters. A program called “Spanish Bilingual Assistant” (SBA) training was planned with the curriculum in both English and Spanish.

In the past years, several classes have been offered with students from Maricopa Integrated Health System, several health care institutions and university students.

Classes average 40 students who meet four hours per week for a total of sixty classroom hours (approximately 4 months). Students participate in written and listening/comprehension exercises and clinical practice. A Certificate of Completion and SBA pin are awarded upon successful completion of all requirements.

Class Content

• Introduction Standards of Practice/Ethics
• Legal Issues/ Advance Directives
• Intro to Medical Terminology
• Cardiovascular System
• Respiratory System
• Musculoskeletal System
• Digestive System
• Cultural Awareness
• Endocrine System
• Nervous System
• Integumentary System
• Special Senses / Oncology
• Special Tests and Procedures
• Reproductive and Urinary Systems/STDs
• OB/GYN-Pregnancy
• Mental Health

Course Description

This four-month training course is designed to provide a resource of trained staff capable of assisting health care professionals in oral communication with Spanish speaking patients and/or their families. The class will meet (2) hours twice a week. Instruction will cover anatomy and physiology, common diseases and medical procedures in English and Spanish. The Spanish Bilingual Assistant Class also covers the Interpreter’s Role, Legal Issues, Advance Directives, Bereavement, and Hispanic Culture.

A Certificate of Completion and SBA pin will be awarded after successfully passing the midterm and final test, which include written and oral exams.


Applicants must be fluent in Spanish and English. Applicants must interview with an instructor for pre-testing prior to admission into the course.


At the completion of the training course, the participants will be able to demonstrate appropriate techniques of interpretation, understand confidentiality, utilize medical terminology and demonstrate knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology.


Non MIHS Employees – $750.00
(Including Residents not on MIHS payroll, and MIHS Travelers)

Manual and all related study materials will be provided.

Cancellation Policy

All refunds are subject to a $25.00 Administration Fee. No refunds after 10 calendar days into the course.


Pre-testing interviews for this program will be held by appointment at Maricopa Medical Center.


There is a 40 hours practice & shadowing requirement with an MIHS Certified Medical Interpreter.

Program Coordinator
Martha E. Martinez 

Cecilia Andrade
Martha A. Castillo

Course Dates and Locations
February 9th through May 19th, 2016
August 9th through Nov 17th, 2016
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Maricopa Medical Center
2601 E. Roosevelt
Phoenix, AZ 85008

For more Information:

Cecilia Andrade
Phone: 602.344.1774


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