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Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training

More than 300 Interpreters trained since 2017 and counting!

Training available only for trainees based in the US

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Center

Global Arena is a Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Center. For over 20 years, Bridging the Gap has been preparing bilingual individuals to work as effective, competent, and professional medical interpreters. The Bridging the Gap course was developed by the Cross-Cultural Healthcare Program and is a pioneer in the field of medical interpreter training. This vast experience has made Bridging the Gap 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 health care system. The content of the training is proprietary and is updated constantly to ensure its relevance.

Considering a Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreting Training at your location?

At Global Arena we understand that using interpreters might be challenging at times. For this reason we offer a complementary medical interpreting workshop to healthcare facilities. This 90-minute workshop is aimed at helping our clients to get the most out of their interpreting resources. If you are interested in learning more please contact Priscila Salguero at psalguero@globalarena.com.

Global Arena is an authorized Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreting Training Center.

Training Location: ONLINE until 4/1/2022 due to Covid-19 This is an 40-hour training program. Total Cost: $795.00 per person (includes: language testing, course materials & medical glossary). Full payment needs to be completed 4 weeks before the start of the program. The Bridging the Gap Program Coordinator will issue you an invoice to submit payment once your application is pre-approved. Payments are made online via credit card.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older
  • All Participants must possess a HS Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  • Participants must be able to prove their language proficiency in English and a target language

All participants will 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 demonstrate proof of language proficiency.

Participants who attempt the language proficiency test(s), but do not receive a passing score will be refunded the entire amount of the tuition except $50 for each language proficiency test taken.

Session 1 Online – July 15, 16, 17, 23 and 24 – Daily sessions, all online, from 8 am to 6 pm (EST) [finalized]

Session 2 Online – September 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 – Daily sessions, all online, from 8 am to 6 pm (EST) [open]

Session 3 Online – November 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 – Daily sessions, all online, from 8 am to 6 pm (EST) [open]

Due to high demand, we recommend signing up and complete payment as soon as it is required. Seats are given in a first-come-first-serve basis.

Registration is now open. If you have any general questions about the training, please contact our Bridging the Gap Program Coordinators.

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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.

No cost to apply for the ATA CEU

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.

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

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 Visit our Path to Medical Interpreter Certification Post.

Q. Is this training offered online? 

A. Yes (Temporarily)

Q. What language is the training available for? 

A. All languages

Q. What language is the course taught in? 

A. English

Q. How long does it take to receive your certificate of completion? 

A. Roughly 6 weeks after you successfully completed the final exam.

Q. Will I need to re-certify in the future? 

A. No. Please note that successfully completer the Bridging the Gap program entitles you to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Q. Does successfully completing the training program guarantee employment with Global Arena? 

A. No, but trainees who have successfully completed the program are in a better position to work as interpreters with Global Arena and other interpreting agencies.

Q. Does Global Arena provide parking for training participants if the training is on-site? 

A. No, participants will need to find their own parking.

Q. Can I get a refund after having paid? 

A. No. Once you have paid, Global Arena has incurred in expenses related to your registration, seat management and book ordering processing. In extraordinary circumstances or in case of emergency, Global Arena can reschedule your participation to a later date. Training dates are posted in our website and kept up-to-date in terms of seats availability.

Submitting the below form allows you to register but does not officially reserve your seat in the training. Once your application has been reviewed and approved you will need to submit payment of the full tuition ($795). When payment is completed, you will be required to perform language testing. When you pass the test(s) your spot will be fully guaranteed. Our Program Coordinator will reach out to you to begin the process 4-6 weeks prior to the beginning of the program.

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