Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap (BTG): A Basic Training for Medical Interpreters

The BTG course is a 40-hour professional development program that prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters in various healthcare environments. The course covers:

  • Basic interpreter skills: Roles, ethics, conduit and clarifier interpreting, and managing the flow of the session.
  • Information on health care: Introduction to the health care system, anatomy, and basic medical procedures.
  • Culture in interpreting: Self-awareness, basic characteristics of specific cultures, traditional health care in specific communities, and culture brokering.
  • Communication skills for advocacy: Listening skills, communication styles, how doctors think, and appropriate advocacy.
  • Professional development: Effective communication, professional conduct, self-care, and resources for professional growth.
  • Course activities include: role play activities, practicing interpreter skills in small group settings, hands-on interactive activities, a final exam at the end of the program. A score of 70% or higher on the final exam is required to pass the BTG course. The course and final exam are administered in English.
  • Tuition: $500 USD Includes a non-refundable fee of $125 USD for a language proficiency assessment

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