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Bridging the Gap- Medical Interpreting Training

Washington Township Adult Education

In partnership with Luna Language services

Dates and Times: 40 hours classes will generally be on the weekends (F/Sa/Su) for two weekends.

Class Type: (To be determined) Zoom | In-person at LUNA Language Services | or Hybrid 


Summary: Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a nationally-recognized, 40-hour medical interpreter training course. In BTG, participants learn medical terms, the role of the interpreter, consecutive interpreting, sight translation, and much more. By the course’s end, participants have the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret in medical settings. 

Bridging the Gap covers:

  • Basic Interpreter Skills: Roles, ethics, conduit, clarity, and flow in interpreting;

  • Medical Terminology: Body systems, common ailments, common medical procedures, and medical prefixes/suffixes;

  • Information on Health Care: Introduction to the health care system and HIPAA compliance;

  • Culture in Interpreting: Self-awareness, basic characteristics of specific cultures, traditional health care in specific communities, and cultural brokering;

  • Communication Skills for Advocacy: Listening skills, communication styles, how doctors think, and appropriate advocacy; and

  • Professional Development: Effective communication, professional conduct, self-care, and professional growth.


Requirements Computer with camera and microphone and Internet service | Your speaking and listening skills do not require repeating in English and in your foreign language... you are easily understood by others | SS# or work permit to work in the US | Pass a 1-hour phone language proficiency assessment (½ hour in a foreign language & ½ hour in English) | Live in or around Marion County (Indianapolis) | Be able to attend ALL class sessions (40 hours) to get your certification | lastly complete full enrollment with Washington Township adult education for funding for the class. 

If you are interested in this class...


Please click or copy and paste this link in your browser⇒ to fill out, and submit a class interest form.

LUNA Language Services will access this form to fill upcoming Medical Interpreting classes. 

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