AU Health to offer Bridging the Gap medical interpreter training in March

Hispanic family with doctor and interpreter
Written by Lisa Kaylor

AU Health’s Interpreter and Translation Services will offer Bridging the Gap medical interpreters training in March.

The 40-hour course is licensed by the Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) and is a prerequisite for national certifications provided by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) and the Certification Commission for Health Care Interpreters (CCHI).

These certifications allow students to work as professional medical interpreters anywhere in the country.

This course is the only medical interpreter course in the Augusta area licensed by the CCHCP.

Students must be proficient in English and another language and will need to pass a language assessment before registering for the course. The training includes medical terminology in the language the student will interpret, legislation related to the field of interpreting and regulatory requirements to utilize trained qualified medical interpreters.

Students will also learn how to manage the flow of conversation, how to direct the patient and provider to maintain direct contact, and how to advocate for the patient in instances of cultural differences.

The course will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 8, 10, 13, 15 and 17. Students must attend all five days and pass a final exam to receive a certificate of completion. Registration deadline is March 2.

Registration fee is $800 and includes all materials, training and the required language assessment.

For more information, email Vivian Rice, manager of Interpreter and Translation Services, or call 706-721-6921.