Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training

The Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Program has been preparing bilingual individuals to work as effective, competent, and professional medical interpreters for over 20 years. Bridging the Gap was developed by the Cross-Cultural Healthcare Program and is a pioneer in the field of medical interpreter training. The 40-hour training covers essential topics, such as interpreter roles and ethics, interpreting skills, medical terminology, the impact of culture, and an overview of the healthcare system. The content of the training is proprietary and is updated constantly to ensure its relevance.



Training Details

Global Arena is an authorized Bridging the Gap Training Center. All of our Bridging the Gap participants have successfully completed the program and obtained a certificate of completion. 

Training Location:
Land Title Building
100 S Broad St., Suite 1400
Philadelphia, PA 19110
Main Conference Room


Total Cost: $595.00 per person (includes: course materials & medical glossary)

1st payment: $225 to reserve your spot and for the language proficiency test.
Final payment: $370 due at least 2 weeks prior to the training start date. 

Payments are not made at the time of registration. The BTG Coordinator will issue you an invoice to submit payment. Payments can be made online via credit card or by check made payable to Global Arena. Checks can be dropped off in person or sent to our main office (same address as training location) and addressed to Nakia Hawkins.



Continuing Education Units: ATA Members

1. American Translator Association (ATA) members are recognized for successfully completing the BTG program. Successfully participants will need to apply for the CEU’s individually using a special form that can be requested from Global Arena’s BTG Coordinator. There is no cost to apply for the ATA CEU’s and successful participants have 2 years after completing the BTG training to apply. ATA members need to recertify every 3 years. 

2. The CEU’s are accepted by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, the CCHI, and IMIA for certification and re-certification purposes. 



2018 Session Schedule

Session 1 – April: 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th [Closed]
Session 2 – May: 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th [Closed]
Session 3 – June: 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th [Closed]
Session 4 – (Weekends) July: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th [Closed]
Session 5 – August: 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th {Private Session}
Session 6 – September: 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th [Closed]
Session 7 – October: 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th {Private Session}
Session 8 – November: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th {Private Session} 

All of our training sessions are at capacity; to sign-up for our waitlist: Click Here




All participants must complete a language proficiency assessment for English and their target language. Participants are able to forego the language proficiency tests for their source or target language if they provide recent, within the past 6 months to a year, language test scores. If the scores are acceptable, the language proficiency test fee will be waived. All participants must submit a resume, must be at least 18 years of age, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

The Bridging the Gap Training Program fulfills the interpreter education requirement for both national medical interpreter certifications. For information on how to obtain either national medical interpreter certification Click Here




If you are interested in participating in the Bridging the Gap Training Register Here. Once you have submitted your application, our BTG Coordinator will reach out to you regarding the next steps in the process. 



Contact Information

Nakia Hawkins
BTG Program Coordinator
Phone: 215-558-2150



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is this training offered online? No 

Q. What language is the training available for? All languages

Q. What language is the course taught in? English

Q. How long does it take to receive your certificate of completion? Roughly 6 weeks after you successfully completed the final exam.

Q. Will I need to re-certify in the future? No 

Q. Does successfully completing the training program guarantee employment with Global Arena? No, but trainees who have successfully completed the program are in a better position to work as interpreters with Global Arena.

Q. Does Global Arena provide parking for training participants? No, participants will need to find their own parking.