Medical Interpreting

Medical Interpreter Training

The goal of the Medical Interpreter Training Program is to promote access to healthcare by facilitating and enhancing the communication between patient and provider during a healthcare encounter.

graduasion mi marzo 16 2011 039Language Link’s Medical Interpreter Training (MIT) Program for spoken language interpreters offers a training in which fluently bilingual individuals develop the skills necessary to facilitate effective and reliable interpretation in the clinical setting. The goal of this course is to provide the students with principles, methods, and competencies (both knowledge and skills-based) essential in the delivery of effective, reliable, and comprehensive spoken language interpreting in the clinical and human service field. This course develops a theoretical and practical understanding of the multiple roles of the interpreter as well as the related ethical, cultural, and linguistic challenges in this evolving field. The course explores contemporary issues in the field of medical interpretation including immigration trends, legal mandates, and certification.


In order to be considered for admission into the MIT participants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older, and have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be fluently bilingual in a spoken language (be able to speak, read and write in English and target language when applicable)
  • Successfully pass the language assessment test with a score of 75 or higher. The test includes an evaluation of both written and oral proficiency in English and the target language. The language assessment test will be administered during orientation.
    Please see orientation dates below.

60 Hour Training:  September 20, 2018 – December 15, 2018
Classes held Thursdays from 6 – 9 p.m. & Saturdays from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:  UMass Center @ Springfield, Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA
Assessment Fee:  $50.00, non-refundable fee

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UMASS Center Springfield, MA:
Assessment # 1:  Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
Assessment # 2:  Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.

Pittsfield Language Assessments to be held at Berkshire AHEC:
by appointment from September 6, 2018 through September 13, 2018

Pre-registration is required at

The Essentials of Pharmacology
ONLINE Version
Saturday, Sept 8, 15 & 22, 2018

An introduction to the study of drugs. This course covers how various medications interact with human bodily functions in the treatment or prevention of illness.  The online version of the Essentials of Pharmacology incorporates 2 hr and 15 min of classroom lecture per week.  The expectations of online version is that the student MUST log on to Zoom meeting and complete the scheduled on line assignment/quizzes but also attend lecture once a week.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Essentials of Pharmacology is a introduction to the study of drugs. This course covers how various medications interact with human bodily functions in the treatment or prevention of illness.  The purpose of this training is to provide an extensive framework of knowledge that can be acquired within a limited time frame. This workshop is appropriate for those who will be interpreting in an encounter where medications will be administered. Those employed in health care professions now have increased responsibilities for providing the necessary information to patients regarding the safe administration of medications, side effects and interactions. Continuing education is essential in the medical interpreter field and it is imperative to understand what information is being conveyed.

Program:  Saturdays from 8:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Regular Fee: $ 60.00
CEU Fee: $45.00 (includes certificate of completion: 6.00 CCHI or 0.6 IMIA)
Prerequisite: Previous training in Medical Interpreting, minimum 40 hours
To Register:  click the “register” button

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Cultural Competency
Immigration, Acculturation, and Implications for Social Identity
Saturday, September 29, 2018
8:30 – 12:45 p.m.

This 4 hour training will establish a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for participants to interact effectively with patients/clients of diverse backgrounds. This training targets people working or studying in the health or human services field and is tailored for participants at a range of educational levels.  The training approach utilized in the curriculum is participatory, and utilizes a variety of training methods, each selected for its effectiveness in teaching about a particular topic or facilitating the development of a specific skill.

Presenter:  Maria del Mar Farina, LICSW, Smith College Professor
Location:  BCC, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield
Fees:  $40.00 per person / $45.00 per CEU

IMIA CEUs pending approval
CE accreditation by CEAP/CCHI pending

The Medical Interpreter Training Program is supported by MassHealth and the MassAHEC Network,
a division of Commonwealth Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Registration:  Click on “Register Here” link on the left, follow the prompts to register for all trainings.

Why interpreters are needed to convey adequate communication.

For More Information:

Contact Silvana Kirby at  (413) 236-2147

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The following program is not available for LMHC credit hours.

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