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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap (BTG) interpreter training 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.





BTG Course Curriculum:

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

*A non-refundable fee of $150.00 is required to reserve your spot. The remainder of the course fee is due on the first day of class.

Applicant Requirements:​

High school diploma or equivalent (US or Foreign)

Minimum 18 years of age

Completed Application

Bilingual Proficiency Assessment


Upcoming 2023 Virtual Trainings:

Monday 2/6 to Thurs 2/16
6 AM - 10 AM MDT and
2 PM - 6 PM MDT


Deadline for application: 1/10/23

Monday 3/6 to Thurs 3/16

6 AM - 10 AM MDT and 

2 PM - 6 PM MDT


Deadline for application: 02/10/23

Monday 4/3 to Thurs 4/13

6 AM - 10 AM MDT and 

2 PM - 6 PM MDT


Deadline for application: 03/10/23

Monday 5/1 to Thurs 5/11

6 AM - 10 AM MDT and 

2 PM - 6 PM MDT


Deadline for application: 04/10/23

Monday 6/5 to Thurs 6/15

6 AM - 10 AM MDT and 

2 PM - 6 PM MDT


Deadline for application: 05/10/23

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