Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 40-hour professional development program that prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters. It is the leading medical interpreter certificate program in the country and used to train novice and experienced medical interpreters, and it is accepted by both accredited national certifying bodies, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). No interpreting experience is required in order to take the class.

 

 

This course covers:

  • Basic interpreting skills. Roles, ethics, conduit and clarifier interpreting, managing the flow of the session.

  • Codes of ethics. Codes of ethics and decision-making for interpreters in health care.

  • Integrated medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. Introduction to common terms, procedures, and specialties relating to human physiology and health.

  • Information on health care systems. Introduction to the health care systems and types of health care providers. 

  • Culture of interpreting. Self-awareness, basic characteristics of specific cultures, traditional health care in specific communities, culture brokering.

  • Communication skills for advocacy. Listening skills, communication styles, how doctors think, appropriate advocacy.

  • Professional development. Effective communication, professional conduct, self-care, resources for professional growth.

 

Cost of BTG Medical Interpreter Training Includes:

  • 450-page manual

  • Bilingual medical glossary (available in 25 languages)

  • Guide to common medications

  • Certificate of completion

  • The total fee of the course is $600. *A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to reserve your spot and is due by the application deadline. The remainder of the payment ($450) is due by the first day of class.

Requirements:​

  • High school diploma or equivalent (US or Foreign)

  • Minimum 18 years of age

  • Completed application (link below)

  • Bilingual proficiency assessment

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Upcoming (On-line) Training Sessions:

  • June 9-11, June 14-19                        Deadline for application: 5/12/21

  • July 7-9, July 12-17                           Deadline for application: 6/9/21

  • August 11-13, August 16-21               Deadline for application: 7/14/21