Application - ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program


IPP Application Checklist

Thank you for your interest in the Ohlone College Interpreter Preparation Program (Ohlone IPP). The program provides an integrated series of coursework in ASL and ASL/English interpretation. Courses are taught by an enthusiastic group of ASL and interpreting professors. And, we are excited to have access to the Sign Language/Interpreting Lab complete with Macintosh computers with built in webcams that allows for frequent student taping.

Where to Begin

Go to the general information page.

You will find program information about pre-requisites, courses, our faculty, and an Application and Introduction Letter. Please read this information carefully.


Step 1

Read through the Ohlone IPP Prerequisites. Determine your enrollment eligibility.

Step 2

  • Complete the online Application Form
  • Please send transcripts to
    • Use this naming format for transcripts:
    • Use this naming format for supplemental documents:
    • .PDF or Word documents are acceptable

Step 3

Submit the application and required documents to Ohlone College at or mail to IPP Coordinator, Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont CA, 94539.

Step 4

The application asks for 3 references. Your references will need to fill out a form online to recommend you as an applicant. Please give this link to your references. If any of your references prefer to share a recommendation in ASL, please ask that they provide a link to their ASL version on the  reference information form.

Step 5

Qualified applicants will be contacted via the email and/or phone numbers listed on the application.

Checklist of Materials Needed Prior to Completing the Application

  1. Unofficial copy of college/university transcripts including Ohlone College. You will see a link on the application for uploading your transcripts.

  2. Submission Information: you will be asked to complete the application form online and submit it along with transcripts and any supplemental documents.

  3. Work history information including position, dates, supervisor name and contact information.

  4. Names of three references with contact information. At least two of your references must be Deaf. Your third reference may also be a Deaf person but can be someone who knows you professionally or personally.

  5. Prepare brief statement describing your interest in the program, the qualities you have that would make you an effective interpreter, and your reasons for becoming an ASL/English interpreter.

    This statement is to be in written English (500 words or less). We recommend you also submit an optional version of your statement ASL in addition to the English version.



Applicants who do not possess an AA, BA, or higher degree

  • Step 1
    • Take assessment tests; or
    • Complete Steps 1A-B
    • Step 1A
      • Proof of Completion of English 101A or equivalent with a "C" or better
    • Step 1B
      • Proof of Completion of MATH-155; or any higher level Math course
  • Step 2
    • Proof of the Completion 30 General Education (GE) credits
    • 1 year of college level work with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
    • Go to Step 3 for All Applicants

Applicants with an AA, BA or higher degree

  • Step 1
    • Provide college transcripts
      • Must include proof of English and Math proficency as described for other applicants
  • Step 2
    • Skip to Step 3 for All Applicants

All Applicants

  • Step 3
    • Proof of Completion of Deaf Culture (ASL-142 or equivalent; and
    • Proof of Completion of ASL Linguistics (ASL-150 or equivalent)
  • Step 4
    • Submit a separate Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) application to the Deaf Studies Division; include letter of interest, three (3) letters of recommendation, and college transcripts
  • Step 5
    • Attend an all-day screening