Our school is a Level II licensed provider of the nationally and internationally recognized Bridging the Gap course. Course topics include: medical interpreter roles, ethics, standards of practice, systems of healthcare, cultural competency and medical terminology. A numbered certificate from the Cross-Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle, WA will be given to each student that successfully completes the course.FAQs
:How long will the course take?
BTG is a 40-hour certificate course, all of which must be completed in the classroom. This interactive course is taught over 5 full days (8 hours each day) and meets 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homework will be assigned. You should plan to spend at least 1 to 2 hours outside of class, for homework and reviewing, for each day of class. When will I receive the certificate?
Once you complete the course and pass the written final exam, your name will be sent to the Cross-Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle, Washington. After approximately one month, we will receive your numbered certificate.
You may pick up the certificate at our office or we can mail it to you.
How many students are in each class?
The minimum number is 6 students, and the maximum is 24. The instructor student ratio ranges from 1:6 to 1:12.
Is the class taught in English?
Yes, all of the course content is taught in English.
What will I learn?
You will learn interpreter roles, the code of ethics for medical interpreters, how to manage the flow of an interpretation session, what culture is, and the medical terminology and standards of practice required to perform as a professional medical interpreter.
What is the cost of the course?
The cost of the course is $600. This cost covers the course in its entirety, including materials, course instruction, testing, and the certificate. What if I don’t pass the final exam?
You will have the opportunity to retake the exam (free of charge). If you do not pass the exam, a letter that states you attended the course but did not pass the exam can be provided to you by our company.
Will this course make me a certified medical interpreter?
Upon completing this course, you may call yourself a trained qualified medical interpreter. Only interpreters who have passed one of the two national certification exams can use the credentials of Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) or Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI). For more information on certification please visit the web sites for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).Admission Requirements:
- Students must provide language proficiency test results in both English and their target language(s).
- Students must be at least 18 years of age, and have a high school diploma or equivalent. A 4-year or bachelor's degree is recommended.
- Students must provide proof of identification with a government-issued photo ID.
- Students must submit proof of age, education, and proficiency test results.