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American Sign Language and Sign Language Interpreter

Program Overview

Bridging the gap between the hearing-impaired and hearing communities, sign language interpreters provide special skills in making communication accessible and safeguarding against any information gaps. American Sign Language interpreters' knowledge in interpreting theory, ADA compliance, and language skills essential to sign language interpreting plays an important role in meetings and conferences and on occasions where a sign language translation service is necessary.

The American Sign Language program offers a comprehensive education in the study of sign language interpreting, including the various communities and rich cultures that make up the deaf population. Upon program completion, students will be prepared to apply for their Arizona* Interpreter license and/or sit for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI), and the written portion of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

Make it happen today! Enroll in the American Sign Language program!

* May apply to other states’ requirements.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Phoenix College?

Those hoping to study American Sign Language (ASL) and assist the hearing impaired can turn to Phoenix College — offering the sole Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) in Maricopa County. PC’s ASL program offers courses like English to ASL Consecutive Interpreting — and English to ASL — interactive interpreting, public speaking.

PC offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Interpreter Preparation, as well as a CCL in Deaf Studies. PC students may also use the ASL/IPP Lab — the only ASL Lab facility in Arizona that is available to students and the public studying for the interpreter exams.

Graduates may go on to work as a deaf translator, interpreter, and instructor of sign language.

Next Steps

Discuss a schedule with an academic advisor inside the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC) at our historic, centrally located campus. For more information on these programs, you may also contact our office (602.285.7190) or attend one of our information sessions!