Medical Interpreter Training

Since 2001, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation has actively supported programming to help individuals overcome language barriers to access health and wellness care. An essential part of this work is the use of trained interpreters.

We are committed to increasing the local community’s capacity to provide trained medical and community interpreters to all in need. To this end, we will offer over scholarships to individuals interested in advancing their skills in interpreter training who are engaged with the work of St. Joe Foundation grantees, community partners, and others interested in helping meet this need in the community.

More than 70 bilingual individuals representing 16 different languages have received training as medical interpreters with Foundation training scholarships.

Training Opportunities:

Medical-Interpreter 80-Hour Online Training:

The Spring 2022 training is closed.

An early fall training will be offered. This session will use the Medical Communication Ambassadors’ accredited 80-Hour Medical Interpretation Course offered online. The course is taught over 16 weeks beginning the week of August 15th with weekly mandatory 2-hour face-to-face sessions online. Scholarships are available to cover the enrollment fees of $1,000, including all training materials, text and workbook, and language proficiency exam. This course is limited to English-Spanish speakers. The application materials will be available in July 2022. 

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Community Interpreter 40-Hour Online Training:

This will be taught in English and details are still pending. If you have further questions, please email