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.

The 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.

In addition to a completed application and pre-registration form, applicants must pass a language assessment to be considered for acceptance in Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting.

Students who complete the course and pass the final assessment receive a certificate of completion.

2021 Fall Course:  September – December 2021

Berkshire AHEC is offering a “Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting” for bilingual and multilingual individuals in Western Massachusetts.

The components of the program include practical applications of fundamental interpreting skills, effective communication in the triad (client-provider-interpreter), listening and memory skills, comprehensive medical terminology in target languages, human anatomy and physiology vital to effective medical interpreting, and methods of interpreting in special settings. Role playing and medical terminology are incorporated into each session.

A certificate of completion is provided upon completing the course and passing the final exam.  Students may receive college credits and professional contact hours in nursing and social work.  

All registrants must attend an assessment session in order to be eligible for enrollment.

FALL 2021 ASSESSMENT #1 May 13, 2021
6 pm
Zoom Meeting Livestream Link details will be provided 2 days prior to meeting
FALL 2021 ASSESSMENT #2 May 15, 2021
8:30 am
Zoom Meeting Livestream Link details will be provided 2 days prior to meeting

Assessments in May 2021 will be conducted via Zoom meeting.
Link will be provided 2 days prior to date.   Please download Zoom 48 hours prior to this training.

September 16, 2021
Thursdays 6‑9pm
Saturdays 8:30‑11:30 am
December 2021
8:30‑11:30 am
Zoom Meeting Livestream Link details will be provided upon acceptance to the program

Spring 2021 Flyer: MIT 2021 Fall Flyer

Language Assessment Fee:  $50.00
Non-Refundable Fee

Pre-registration is required at

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

Medical Interpretation for the Geriatric Patient

April 22, 2021 – 6:00 PM EST

Online Training Presented by:  Dr. Eric Hardt

Description: The talk provides discussion of geriatric issues including differences in clinical diagnoses, possible structures of the interview, and possible locations of the encounter.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
•Identify geriatric problems like dementia, incontinence, and falls.
•Interpret standardized cognitive and functional assessments.
•Analyze situations which includes family members with potential role confusion.
•Demonstrate increasing need for professional interpreters in sites like nursing homes.

Pre-registration is required.  See flyer for more information:  Geriatrics Care

The Essentials of Pharmacology – April 10 – 24, 2021

Saturday, April 10, 17 and 24, 2021
Program: 8:45 am to 11:00 am Saturday, 4/10, 4/17, & 4/24/2021
Presenter:  Thomas Carey, M.P.H., B.S., A.A.S., Berkshire Community College
Prerequisite: Previous training in Medical Interpreting, minimum 40 hours

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. The Online version of the Essentials of Pharmacology workshop incorporates a 2 hr. and 15 min classroom lecture per week. The expectations of the Online version are that the student MUST log on to Zoom meeting and complete the scheduled Online assignment/quizzes and attend a lecture once a week.

Pre-registration is required, see flyer for more information:  The Essentials of Pharmacology Flyer

Why interpreters are needed to convey adequate communication.

For More Information:

Contact Silvana Kirby at  (413) 842-5160

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The following program is not available for LMHC credit hours.

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