Medical ASL Level 1


Medical ASL Level 1 is the first of ten courses that will allow you to advance to the Advanced level. This course is specifically designed for medical interpreting students, medical/health profession students, and medical professionals who have basic ASL knowledge and/or have previously studied ASL. Students interested in taking this course should have Novice level proficiency, including grammar structure and basic vocabulary, as well as be interested in understanding the Deaf culture from the perspective of a healthcare professional.

Students will develop communicative proficiency and accuracy in using American Sign Language in the medical setting. This will improve the student’s ability to mediate a conversation between healthcare professionals, interpreters, and Deaf patients.

The course is very interactive, relying on the use of role-playing, activities, and group exercises. We will use PearDeck during the class so you will need a cellphone or tablet along with your computer for this course.

Medical ASL Level 1 covers:

  • Basic ASL Concept Review
  • Pronouns
  • Time Signs
  • Calendar Signs
  • 3 Verb Types (Plain, Inflecting, Spatial)
  • Vocab Review
  • ASL Conditional
  • Biomedical vocabulary
  • Ailments
  • Common complaints, ailments, and symptoms
  • Degree of complaints
  • Adjective/verb mouth morphemes
  • Conveying distance
  • Hospital Room/Clinic Vocabulary
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Temporal Aspects
  • ASL Interjections
  • English to ASL Translation
  • ASL to English Translation
  • Types of Prefixes & Suffixes
  • Real Life Scenarios
  • Chapter 1 of the Medical Interpreter Book tips
  • Cultural differences and communication skills for greeting and conversing with patients about their health and life situations
  • Students will also be exposed to pertinent information about the Deaf culture


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