BRIDGING THE GAP
Medical Interpreter Training Program
Below is the training schedule for the upcoming Bridging the Gap Training. We are planning to hold the training on-site at APDC and Aurora Mental Health Center location.
Please note: Training delivery (possibly to switch the training to virtual ) remain subject to change based on further developments related to the Covid-19 outbreak. Please confirm with us by early August 2020 for training venue (on-site or virtual) prior to submitting your payment through our online payment via PayPal.
BTG TRAINING SCHEDULE 2020
SEPT 2020 ONLINE COURSE
Bridging the Gap 64-hour
9 am - 6 pm
OCT 2020 ONLINE COURSE
Bridging the Gap 40-hour
8 am - 12 noon
NOV 2020 ONLINE COURSE
Bridging the Gap 40-hour
8 am - 12 noon
BTG TRAINING SCHEDULE 2021
Bridging the Gap 64-hour
9 am - 6 pm
Thurs (3/18), Friday (3/19), Sat (3/20), Sun (3/21)
Thurs (3/25), Fri (3/26), Sat (3/27) & Sun (3/28)
Bridging the Gap 40-HOUR
9am - 6pm
Friday (4/16), Saturday (4/17), Sunday (4/18)
Sat (4/24) & Sun (4/25)
May 2021 BTG 64-HOUR
9am – 6pm
Thurs (5/13), Fri (5/14), Sat (5/15), Sun (5/16)
Thurs (5/20), Fri (5/21), Sat (5/22), Sun (5/23)
Location (tentative – training may be held virtually):
Thursdays and Fridays class will be held at Mike Kucera Auditorium, Lower Level, Aurora Mental Health Center 791 Chambers Road, Aurora, CO 80011
Saturdays and Sundays class will be held at Asian Pacific Development Center 1537 Alton Street, Aurora, CO 80010
If you have additional questions please contact Agi at 303.923.6558 or email
Basic interpreting skills. Roles, ethics, conduit and clarifier interpreting, managing the flow of the session.
Codes of ethics. Codes of ethics and decision-making for interpreters in health care.
Integrated medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. Introduction to common terms, procedures, and specialties relating to human physiology and health.
Interpreting in mental health. Specialized strategies and skills that apply to the unique demands of mental health settings (covered in 64HOUR ONLY).
Information on health care systems. Introduction to the health care systems and types of health care providers.
Culture in interpreting. Self-awareness, basic characteristics of specific cultures, traditional health care in specific communities, culture brokering.
Communication skills for advocacy . Listening skills, communication styles, how doctors think, appropriate advocacy.
Professional development. Effective communication, professional conduct, self-care, resources for professional growth
BTG 64-hour $725
BTG 40-hour $550
Includes course textbook, bilingual medical glossary if available in your target language (if not available participants will receive an English-English glossary), the Guide to Common Medications, Mental Health Glossary (for the 64-hour course) and a signed Certificate of Successful Completion (for those who pass the final test).
We require a $150 non-refundable course deposit to reserve your spot in our training. Remaining course fee must be paid before the first day of class.
Language proficiency test fee $70 is not included in the course fee
Training dates: (See detailed schedule on top of the column) Participants must attend all hours of the training. Colorado Langue Connection reserves the right to cancel a class that does not have minimum enrollment.
Bilingual Medical Glossaries are available in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese/Karen, Chinese, Farsi, French, Haitian/Creole, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Urdu, Vietnamese.
*If the target language not available participants will receive an English-English Medical glossary
Minimum age and education:
Participants must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or the equivalent.
Participants must be bilingual in English and at least one other language, and proof of proficiency in both languages is required to enroll in the class.
Proof of language proficiency can be copies of any one of the following documents:
Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
University/College degree from a school using the assessed language(s)
5 or more years of verified professional experience working in the language(s) being assessed.
State or federal court interpreter certification
Oral language proficiency results with scores equivalent to ACTFL Advanced Mid-level or ILR Level 2; Through ALTA, the score must be a 9 or higher is required for admission; TOEFL - for English proficiency
If you have other certificate/document that is not listed here and not sure if it is accepted as proof of proficiency, please email a copy of that document to
If applicants do not have any prior proof of language proficiency:
If applicants do not have any prior proof of language proficiency, the registration process will include a speaking and listening assessment conducted over the phone. These are scheduled through ALTA Language Services at a time that is convenient for the applicant. Once a language assessment is scheduled, the applicant will receive a phone number to call and instructions to begin the assessment, which is approximately 20-25 minutes long. The maximum possible score is 12; a 9 or higher is required for admission.
The fee $70 per language, fee is non-refundable. We require payment in advance prior to scheduling language proficiency test
Email to schedule test
Bridging the Gap is a professional development course created by The Cross Cultural Health Care Program that provide the training bilingual individuals to become professionally trained and qualified interpreters.
This course will provide an introduction to various skills and topics required for successful interpreting in the medical field.
- Bohyun K. - Participant of Training in January 2020 wrote:
"As a person without any experience of interpreting, I was a bit nervous to take this class at first. But the instructor made it really fun and comfortable, Classes started early in the morning and lasted long hours but I never wanted to miss any class. Everything I learn in class was valuable to me."
- Alan G. - Participant of Training in January 2020 wrote:
"Trainer is thorough and friendly! She gives you all the resources to do well in the scenarios and makes the class fun!"
- Thanh N. - Participant of Training in January 2020 wrote:
"The training helps me better prepared and understand the role of a medical interpreter. I have a great and valuable experience with this class. A highly recommended training for anyone interested in the medical interpreting profession. Trainer is very knowledgeable about the profession. At the end of the training, everyone gets along with each other pretty well so it is refreshing to experience something like this again after leaving college :)"
- Steffana O. - Participant of Training in January 2020 wrote:
"The trainer is so nice and patient, she always answers every question I have and wants the best for everyone."
- Nadia S. - Participant of Training in January 2020 wrote:
"I think this training is really good to everyone who want to become a professional interpreter because everything that is taught in the training really help you understand all that is needed, from medical terminology to the rules to follow as an interpreter.
- Marianela H. - Participant of Training in January 2020 wrote:
"Excellent. Very intense, but EXCELLENT.
A lot of information condensed in 64 hours, clearly and very well presented. Thank you!"
- Chiara Z. - Participant of Training in July 2019 wrote:
"The training was extremely helpful, interesting, enlightening and fun!
It was a great experience to be in this course with many wonderful people from different countries and culture. And our trainer is very skilled, patient and inspiring. I am coming out of this training more professional and confident in my work as an interpreter - more competent even.
Loved to learn about interpreting in mental health setting.
- Marlyn A. - Participant of Training in September 2019 wrote:
" I am so thankful for the opportunity to sharpen my interpreting skills. It takes a lot of knowledge and practice to be transparent and accurate in the interpreter role. Bridging the Gap gives you the tools and resources to be successful in this role."
- Thao D. - Participant of Training in November 2019 wrote:
" This is a great training. It helps me become a better interpreter. Trainer is a very nice and knowledgeable trainer. She makes class very fun and entertaining."
- Rene' C. - Participant of Training in November 2019 wrote:
" This course will prepare medical interpreter to their full potential, so it can be ensured that patient-clinician understanding is at its best."
- Yingqi C. - Participant of Training in November 2019 wrote:
"The program helps me a lot. What it teaches are very helpful. including all the ethics and terminology. The trainer is very nice, responsible and knowledgeable."
- Maria L.- Participant of Training in November 2019 wrote:
"This training is extremely informative and extremely helpful. I feel prepared and confident in becoming a medical interpreter."
- Maria B.- Participant of Training in November 2019 wrote:
"Trainer is professional, always willing to clarify any question I had throughout the training, I really learned a lot with her."
- Karla H. - Participant of Training in November 2019 wrote:
"Trainer was very patient. Great way of teaching and getting everyone in class to be comfortable in participating. Thank you!"
- Aracely A. - Participant of Training in July 2019 wrote:
"Definitely recommend the hands-on training. You will gain a lot of knowledge and trainer help you understand medical interpreting role. Highly Recommended!
- Sabitra N. - Participant of Training in July 2019 wrote:
"I learned so much from this training that I did not even think was possible: how to intervene, how to advocate and it is okay for cultural brokering, if done right. It is the best we can do for the clients.
- A'Klay K. - Participant of Training in July 2019 wrote:
"I am so glad that I took Bridging The Gap training. I have learned a lot from this training to be a better interpreter. I love the course and the trainer. I am grateful!"
-Violeta M. - Participant of Training in July 2019 wrote:
"Had a great experience taking this course.
Very informative and helpful.
Thank you so much!"
-Ayat Farajalla - Participant of Training in July 2019 wrote:
"BTG Training is one of the best classes I have attended.
I learned so much from the trainer and my classmates, especially about the different cultures, the similarities and differences.
Definitely recommend it!"
- Elizabeth T. - Participant of Training in July 2019 wrote:
"I learned so much about interpreting with this class. there is so much more to it than I originally thought. Trainer gave us a chance to ask questions and gave us time to process the material before moving on to the different topic."
- Hala Abdelmawla - Participant of Training in September 2019 wrote:
"Very helpful training. The trainer is very kind and I like the way she introduces the material."
- Ruby B - Participant of Training in September 2019 wrote:
"Thank you for teaching us how to be a professionally interpret!"
- Selene G. Participant of Training in September 2019 wrote:
"I loved this course because it allowed me to learn and to update my professional skills, not just in the medical interpreting field but as an interpreter in general. Trainer has the knowledge and wisdom to guide classes. Thanks!"
- Mayra A. - Participant of Training in September 2019 wrote:
"Taking this training helped me understand the ethics about medical interpretation. I learned so much in this training. Trainer is very knowledgeable and fun."
- Omar P. - Participant of Training in September 2019 wrote:
"BTG is an interactive, creative and professional training that helps anyone who wishes to become a qualified professional medical interpreter.
Trainer is very knowledgeable with many years of experience within different interpreting settings. She is fun, creative and always cares for people. Worth taking this course!"
- Ariani J.- Participant of Training in September 2019 wrote:
"This training is a must!!! Trainer is great at what she does, and this will give you the tools to be a better professional."
1. Copies of the following should be submitted within your online application form:
Copy of high school diploma, GED certificate, or university/college degree
Proof of language proficiency (in English and the target language)
2. Payment of $150 non-refundable deposit via PayPal (PayPal has the option to pay with the credit card if you don't have an account with PayPal). Remaining course fee must be paid before the first day of class.
3. Confirm your attendance and pay remaining course fee before the first day of training.