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Sign Language Interpreting FAQ's

Sign Language Interpreting

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.

Number of Majors: 34
Average Class Size: 12
Program Capacity: 40
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

Q:

What are the admissions requirements for this program?
 

A:

All Iowa Western students are required to submit an Application for Admission, complete placement testing, and submit official copies of high school and college transcripts. In addition to the college admission requirements, the Sign Language Interpreting program also requires students to meet some additional admissions criteria. To view or print the eligibility requirements for this program, visit our Additional Requirements page.

Q:

What makes this program unique compared to other Sign Language Programs?
 

A:

Our program has built a strong relationship with Iowa School for the Deaf, which is located right here in Council Bluffs, and gives our students plenty of opportunity to interact with the deaf community. Our students also complete a ten-week practicum with a licensed Sign Language Interpreter.
 

Q:

What is your job placement rate?
 

A:

Most of our graduates are employed in the Sign Language Interpreting field, and some of them go on to continue their education after leaving Iowa Western. Here are a few of the employers who have hired Iowa Western graduates: Omaha Public Schools, Ralston Public Schools, District 66 Schools, Grand Island Public Schools, Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa School for the Deaf, Lincoln Public Schools, Iowa Western, Metro, UNO, and Alegent Health.
 

Q:

What are Sign Language Interpreting classes like?
 

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Most of the classes are only offered during the day. Students spend much of their time in the interactive language labs, which are equipped with computers and camera equipment that allow students and faculty to view footage of the students as they interpret.
 

Q:

Are scholarships available?
 

A:

Iowa Western awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.