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Proper communication between patients and providers is critical when seeking health care, and  health care providers that receive federal funding are required to provide medical interpreting services for people that need it (HHS.gov). Medical interpreters make a difference in the medical field by assuring that misunderstandings do not occur between patients and providers. As such care is provided in an accurate, safe manner which ensures the best possible health care for the patient.  Trained medical interpreters affirm and check with patients for understanding and promote patient comfort while following professional guidelines.  

PPSNE is a Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) licensed provider of the Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training©. Our Medical Interpreter Training Program is a 40-hour course that satisfies the first step in becoming a certified medical interpreter and allows participants to pursue certification with the Certification Commission for Health Care (CCHI) or National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).  

The training covers the following:

  • Interpreting skills: roles, code of ethics, types of interpretation, and managing sessions.
  • Culture and its impact on medical interpretation
  • Navigating the health care system
  • Medical terminology, including body systems and their functions

Upcoming Trainings

Dates: November 1, 8, 13, 22 & 29
Location: 1229 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112

Dates: March 21, 28, April 4, 11 & 18.
Location: 175 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903

All trainings run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

*Participants must be registered and have completed the Language Proficiency assessment.

The cost of the training is $550.00 and includes:

  • A $120.00 non-refundable deposit for the language proficiency assessment 40 hours of training, which meets the national medical interpreter certification prerequisite for both the CCHI and the NBCMI 
  • The required textbooks: Bridging the Gap Textbook for Medical Interpreters, Bilingual Medical Glossary, and Mental Health Glossary or Guide to Common Medications
  • A certificate of completion

Training Prerequisites

No medical or previous interpreting background is required.  In order to be considered for admission to the training, you must:

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalency
  • Be bilingual in English and one of these languages
  • Have the ability to read and write at an advanced level in your target language
  • Pre-register to reserve a seat in the course
  • Pass the language proficiency assessment Register and send in your registration information by June 29, 2018

Ready to Register or have questions?

Please contact Ignacio Heredia at 860-315-2290, or via email at [email protected].

We require a minimum of five participants before offering the course. Space in the program is limited, and applications are accepted on until the course is full.