Associate of Science - Sign Language Interpreting

Riverside City College
3 years
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
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Associate of Science - Sign Language Interpreting

This program prepares individuals to function as simultaneous and consecutive interpreters as well as translators of American Sign Language (ASL) and other signing systems employed to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing people, both voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice interpretation. This includes instruction in American Sign Language (ASL), alternative sign systems, finger spelling, vocabulary and expressive nuances, oral and text translation skills, cross-cultural communications, slang and colloquialisms, and technical interpretation.

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science Degree in Sign Language Interpreting will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog.

Admission requirements

RCC has only two international student admission requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent OR over the age of 18 (minors may be considered for special admission)
  • TOEFL iBT 45 or equivalent

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Program content

  • American Sign Language for Interpreters
  • Introduction to Sign Language Interpreting
  • American Sign Language Interpreting I
  • American Sign Language Interpreting II
  • American Sign Language Interpreting III
  • American Sign Language Interpreting IV/Practicum
  • Ethics and Professional Standards of Interpreting
  • American Deaf Culture

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


Tution fees: $394 per unit for international students.


Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Produce documented completion of a total of 54 observation hours, 27 mentorship hours, and 92 practicum hours.
  • Provide a completed portfolio, including, but not limited to, a resume, an introductory letter, business cards, intake form, invoice form, and Interpreter Kit.
  • Demonstrate entry-level interpreting skills before an exiting panel at the end of the 4th interpreting skills class.

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Riverside City College

Riverside City College (RCC) is one of the best colleges in the USA for many international students. RCC was founded in 1916 and is located in beautiful Southern California close beaches and many other major attractions in Los Angeles, San...

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Save over $80,00 (compare with UC) and receive up to $2,500 international student scholarship.

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No SAT/ACT and low TOEFL/IELTS Score requirement. Just three simple and fast admission steps.

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Contact info

Riverside City College

4800 Magnolia Ave
92880 Riverside California
United States of America (USA)

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