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 health care 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)

Payments are not made at the time of registration. After you register, the BTG Coordinator will reach out to you and 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


Session Schedule
  • Session 1 – April: 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st  [Session Closed]
  • Session 2 – May: 19th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th [Session Closed] 
  • Session 3 – June: 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th  [Session Closed]
  • Session 4 – July: 14th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd  [Session Closed]
  • Session 5 – August: 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th [Session Closed]
  • Session 6 – Sept: 15th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th  [Session Closed] 
  • Session 7 – October: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th  [Session Closed] 



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 if take to receive your certificate of completion? Roughly 6 – 8 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 and other Interpreting agencies of their choice. 

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