Bilingual Recruitment

OHSU is proud to have many clinical and non-clinical staff who are proficient in English and a second language. This great diversity is what makes OHSU stand out among its peers.

OHSU Bilingual Proficiency Screening Program

The OHSU Bilingual Proficiency Screening Program is eligible for all employees of OHSU and is coordinated and paid for by the Language Services department. The Language Services department will pay for one screening per individual per fiscal year. For an application to be screened, please contact the department at

Union represented Healthcare employee screening

All OHSU union represented Healthcare employee bilingual proficiency screenings are at the discretion of the Language Services department and will be based on the following criteria:

Language Services will pay for the first bilingual proficiency screening attempt if:

  • The employee meets all the union contract criteria
  • Has the appropriate managerial approval
  • The bilingual proficiency screening of the individual will meet the business needs of the organization

Other Healthcare employee screening

All other Healthcare employees, clinicians and students providing direct patient care are required to take the bilingual proficiency screening to ensure fluency if choosing to provide care in a language other than English.

Definition of "provider" includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physician –faculty &visiting
  • Intern/Resident
  • Fellow
  • Physicians' Assistant
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Midwife

Definition of "student" includes, but is not limited to:

  • OHSU students
  • Student workers
  • Visiting students
  • Interns (non-medical)

Definition of "non-medical" staff includes, but is not limited to:

  • Registration
  • PAS
  • Financial counselors
  • Social workers