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:

A 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 first week of October with weekly mandatory 2-hour face-to-face sessions online. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the enrollment fees of $1,000, including all training materials, text and workbook, and language proficiency exam for individuals with a relationship with a local non-profit organization through which they will use their interpretation skills. Individuals who do not have a current relationship with a non-profit organization but willing to commitment to provide 20 hours of volunteer interpretation to a local non-profit organization may indicate so on their application. Individuals must be able to provide their own computer to participate in the course and comfortable with on-line learning.  This course is limited to English-Spanish speakers.

Click here for application materials.  Deadline to apply has been extended to September 16.

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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