Training for Medical Interpreters


Bridging the Gap: Basic Training for Medical Interpreters

This course is a 40-hour professional development program that prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters. It is used to train novice and experienced medical interpreters nationally as well as internationally.

The course covers:

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

Information on healthcare. Introduction to heathcare systems, anatomy, basic medical procedures.

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

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

Bridging the Gap Registration Pre-enrollment Information and Requirements:

  1. All applications are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
  2. Your completed application with $100 non-refundable deposit that covers the Language Proficiency Assessment and processing fees must be received at least 10 days prior to start of training in order to meet language proficiency requirements.
  3. Applicants must pass the Language Proficiency Assessment.

 Bridging the Gap Registration Enrollment Procedure:

  1. Submit applications to Beverly Sirvent

By Fax: 315-483-2451

By email:

When we receive your completed application form with the non-refundable deposit, we will send you instructions via email on how to proceed with the Language Proficiency Assessment.

  1. You will receive an acceptance email message to enroll in the course as soon as we get your assessment results.
  2. Upon acceptance, confirm your attendance and pay the balance of $400 for the tuition.


Tuition: $500 (includes the $100 non-refundable fee)

50% scholarships available for Agencies that serve migrant farmworkers

Certificates of successful completion will be awarded to participants who score above 70% on the post-training test.

For more information and to request application form:


Phone: 315-781-8448