FAQ

Q: Where do I find the online Program Admissions Checklist?

A: Contact the ITR Department Chair Priscila Piper at ppiper@dmacc.edu, and an email will be sent to you with a link to the Program Admissions Checklist.

Q: How can I make an appointment for an in-person or phone consultation with the ITR Admissions staff?

A: Please email ITR advisor Nicole Stapleton-Hardin at nmstepletonhardin@dmacc.edu to set up an appointment.

Q: Can I mix and match courses in different ITR specialization areas?

A: No. However, once you've completed all of the courses for one ITR specialization area, you can apply for another ITR specialization area. The great thing is that the general ITR courses count for each specialization, so you do not have to repeat any of the ITR general courses in your second (or subsequent) ITR specialization area.

Q: Are ITR courses designed to be taken in a specific sequence?

A: Yes. Most of the ITR courses build on the KSAs (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) gained in earlier ITR courses, so students have to take the courses in strict order so that they can progress in their learning.

Q: Do I have to be bilingual or will the ITR program teach me along the way?

A: You must already be "functionally bilingual" before you can be accepted into the program. In this context, "functionally bilingual" means having good enough skills in both languages (English and the other languages so that you can handle college-level concepts as well as popular and slang terminology in each language.)

Q: Will the ITR program "certify" me as an interpreter or translator?

A: No. "Certification" is a specific qualification granted by a government or professional entity after you pass a specific skills exam. The ITR program does not do this testing; rather, we train you so that you have a much better chance of passing such a test after you finish the program.

Q: What term can I start the program?

A: The ITR program only accepts new students in the Fall term of each year. The program lasts 2 years.

Q: What languages are supported by the ITR program?

A: The ITR program services students of all languages, including American Sign Language. Recent students have spoken the following languages: Spanish, French, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, German, Russian, Vietnamese, Lao, Portuguese, etc.

Q: Is the program transferable to a university?

A: Yes. DMACC has an articulation agreement with Iowa State University, in which graduates of DMACC ITR AAS program with at least a 3.0 GPA can transfer to Iowa State and complete their Bachelor of Arts degree either in World Languages or Applied Linguistics. Agreements with other 4-year institutions are also in progress.

Q: Do I have to live in Des Moines, Iowa to study in the program?

A: No. You can live anywhere in the world and take the program. All of the ITR courses are offered via distance learning formats (online learning platforms, video conferencing, and online chats).