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Bridging the Gap

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Do you frequently find yourself interpreting for friends and family? Would you like to put your bilingual skills to use?

Come and attend the most respected program for medical interpreting in the U.S. Whether you are a bilingual employee or someone starting out, you need the training to interpret in healthcare. Interpreting is an inherently difficult activity. It seems as if it ought to be simple: just rendering in one language what was said in another. However, communication is complex, with shades of meaning and a rich cultural context that shapes it. Interpreting involves understanding what was said, extracting the underlying meaning and intent, and then expressing the message in a different language in a way that evokes the same meaning, all within a few seconds. This work requires a high level of cultural competence, sensitivity to the meaning and rapid processing of two languages and cultures at once.

Bridging the Gap is a 40-hour training program that prepares individuals to become qualified medical interpreters. This language-neutral course taught in English is open to speakers of all languages. Participants will learn the necessary skills to become a qualified medical interpreter by participating in group activities, gaining practice interpreting from day-one onward, and through the instruction and insight of our nationally certified trainers.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify barriers to effective communication in interpreted sessions.
  • Describe the roles of the interpreter.
  • Identify the common values found in the code of ethics for health care interpreters.
  • Develop and implement techniques for facilitating a successful interpreting session.
  • Identify various common diseases and treatments associated with each body system.

Session Dates: All classes are for 3 consecutive Fridays and Saturdays

Spring Session
April 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Summer Session
July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Fall Session
October 11, 12, 18 , 19, 25, 26

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

Registration Deadline: One week prior to the first day of class

Cost: The entire cost of the program is $675 dollars, $150 for two listening and speaking fluency exams and $525 for the course. Call 843-792-9055 for details on how to schedule and pay for your fluency exams. You will not be registered for the class until full payment has been made.

Audience: Bilingual healthcare providers and professionals who also serve as interpreters in the workplace, e.g., hospitals and health departments, senior centers, etc. Individuals who wish to pursue a career in professional medical interpreting.