Bridging the Gap- Medical Interpreting Training (7-8 Weeks) 

Medical Interpreting – Bridging The Gap

Washington Township Adult Education

In partnership with Luna Language services

Dates and Times: TBD


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 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 (The class is free for students who meet the following requirements):  home internet, working computer or ipad  for Zoom class meetings. Students must also have a social security number or work permit, pass a  one-hour PHONE language proficiency assessment one month before class begins.  Students will enroll in MSDWT Adult Education program, complete required paperwork, take the TABE assessment (a reading, math & language assessment), achieve NRS level 3 in R/L, and have speaking and listening skills that do not require repeating.

Location: 100% Online;  Limited to 25 participants, so please reserve your spot quickly; If a session does not have enough participants, it will be rescheduled.


Description: Attendance in all 40 hours of the course is required to successfully complete the training program. If unforeseeable circumstances arise and you cannot come to a class, notify the LUNA office immediately; On the last day of the course, participants pass a 50-question, multiple-choice final exam. The minimum passing score on the exam is 70%; and participants receive a BTG certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information on eligibility and enrollment, contact…

Erin Radford (Washington Township Adult Education):

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