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.

2022 Spring Course:  March – May 2022 ~ Synchronous and Asynchronous

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.

ASSESSMENT & CLASS DATES – February 16, 2022 @ 6:00 pm and February 19, 2022 @ 9:00 am

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

Link will be provided 2 days prior to date.   Please download Zoom 48 hours prior to this training.

March 7, 2022

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 – 9:00 PM


May 25, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom Meeting Livestream Link details will be provided upon acceptance to the program

Spring 2022 Flyer: MIT 2022 Spring:
Spring Schedule:  MIT_Schedule_Spring_2022

Language Assessment Fee:  $50.00
Non-Refundable Fee

Pre-registration is required at

February 9, 2022 @ 6:00 PM via Zoom meeting / February 16, 2022 @ 6:00 PM via Zoom meeting / February 19, 2022 @ 9:00 AM via Zoom meeting

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

Medical Interpreter Training Continuing Education Workshops

¿TU ME ESTAS HABLANDO A MI?  El lenguaje inclusive en el español – SPANISH WORKSHOP – ONLINE 

April 9, 2022
10:00 – 11:30 am EST

Online through ZOOM Platform
(Zoom link will be provided one day prior to the workshop after successful registration and payment)

Description   This workshop will introduce best practices around the use of inclusive language in Spanish for people providing interpretation and translation services. The workshop will give a brief history of the Spanish language, an overview of terminology, and an opportunity for participants to practice making language more inclusive.

TU ME ESTAS HABLANDO A MI FLYER                                      REGISTER HERE
Demystifying: A Rape & Sexual Assault Encounter for Medical Interpreters


April 30, 2022
8:45 am – 12:00 pm EST

Online through ZOOM Platform
(Zoom link will be provided one day prior to the workshop after successful registration and payment)

DESCRIPTION: This workshop will provide interpreters with an understanding of what is rape, sexual assault, victimology, violent crimes, myths, and facts. It will create a broad base of knowledge on the topics of rape and sexual assault to best prepare the interpreter to stay within the confines of their role. At the conclusion of this workshop, interpreters will recognize if they have the capacity to handle the emotional context of these encounters.

The code of ethics will be reviewed, boundaries will be discussed, national statistics on rape and sexual assault (female/male) will be presented. Interpreters will practice how to approach an LEP/Deaf victim, employ the best “mode” of interpretation, and review the many resources available for use pre, during, and post session.

Interpreters will be exposed to graphic language, visuals of areas that are most impacted during a rape/assault, an in-depth explanation of a medical forensic examination, and a video of the exam. The intent of this workshop is to demystify the encounter and reduce apprehension when interpreting in this encounter.

Demistyfying Rape Flyer                                     REGISTER HERE

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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