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.
Language 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 (registration will open in July 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
Holyoke Language Assessments to be held at Baystate Conference Center, Holyoke, MA:
Assessment # 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
Assessment # 2: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.
Pittsfield Language Assessments to be held at Berkshire AHEC:
Every Thursday in May, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required at www.berkshireahec.org
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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Why interpreters are needed to convey adequate communication.
For More Information:
Contact Silvana Kirby at (413) 236-2147
The following program is not available for LMHC credit hours.