Our Medical Interpreter Training Program is a 60-hour, 7-week course that qualifies participants to become certified medical interpreters. The course introduces participants to the Interpreter’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, delineates the interpreter’s role and skills, and provides training in medical terminology in both English and the target language.
Developed by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and administered by Language Connections LLC.
Lead Trainer: Inna Persits, M.S., M.Ed.
Lectures are conducted by qualified specialists in their respective fields. Anatomy and physiology are taught by an experienced clinician, while language coaching and role-play are led by expert medical interpreters who are native speakers of the target language.
Our training program takes place in Boston and uses the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation medical interpreting curriculum. All courses are handicap-accessible.
Not every language is available during every course session. We require a minimum of five participants before offering the course in a specific language. Space in the program is limited, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full.
Who Should Attend the Medical Interpreter Training Course
Our classes are designed for bilingual individuals interested in becoming medical interpreters. No medical or previous interpreting background is required
In order to be considered for admission, you must:
- Be bilingual in English and one of our target languages
- Pre-register online to reserve a seat in the course
- Pass the Language Assessment Pre-Test
- Send in your Application and your Registration Fee
Before acceptance into our program, applicants must pass an Oral Language Assessment Pre-Test and demonstrate fluency and literacy in both English and their target language.
- High school diploma or equivalency
- Oral proficiency in English and their target language
- Ability to read and write at an advanced level in their target language
- Successful completion of the language assessment test
Our Medical Interpreter Training Program meets or exceeds the requirements of the Massachusetts Emergency Room Interpreter Law (ERIL) and adheres to all federal mandates and guidelines on culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare.
The program incorporates linguistic competency skills in medical terminology, culture, and delivery of healthcare; interpreting in primary care/pediatric settings; and interpreting for mental health, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS patients.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the Medical Interpreter Training Program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion recognizing your competency as a professional medical interpreter. This document, required by most hospitals and clinics for hiring consideration, will certify that you have received 60 hours of training and passed a final written and oral exam.