Bridging the Gap: Medical Interpreter Training

The Course

The class is now at capacity. We are currently accepting registrations that will be added to a waiting list. We will follow up with an email detailing next steps.

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 40-hour course designed to train medical interpreters. This course is a nationally recognized medical interpreter training developed by the Cross Cultural Health Care Program.

Learn the necessary skills and best practices to become a qualified medical interpreter through lecture-based lessons, interactive role plays, case studies, and group discussions. BTG is taught in English and is open to bilingual speakers of all languages. No medical interpreting experience is required! BTG will prepare you with the foundational skills to become an effective, competent, and professional medical interpreter. BTG is widely accepted across the country as the gold standard for medical interpreter training and qualifies as a prerequisite for the national healthcare interpreter certifications. You will receive our 450-page manual, a bilingual medical glossary (available in 26 languages), a Guide to Common Medications, and a certificate of completion after passing the exam with a score of 70% or higher.


  1. At registration, students will be screened to ensure language proficiency in English and one target language.
  2. Limited scholarships are available.


Includes non-refundable $150 registration fee, course textbook, bilingual medical glossary if available in your target language, the Guide to Common Medications, and a signed Certificate of Successful Completion, if applicable. Not included: $72 language assessment, if necessary.

Scholarships are available for qualifying students.

TRAINING DATES:  March 20-31, 2023

On campus at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
Monday – Thursday (plus Friday March 31)
9am – 2pm Eastern Time

Participants must attend all hours of the training. Ivy Tech reserves the right to cancel a class that does not have minimum enrollment. If Ivy Tech cancels a class, the $150 registration fee will be refundable.


  • Applicants must be able to attend all 40 hours of training.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or university/college degree. This will also count as proof of proficiency in the language spoken at the institution you have a degree from.
  • Have or obtain proof of language proficiency in English and one other language that you will be interpreting in. Please refer to the application form for a list of acceptable documents.
  • Submit a completed application packet.

If you don’t have proof of language proficiency, you will need to take an over-the-phone language assessment. The assessment is scored on a scale of 1-12, and a 9 or higher is required as admission into this course.


Application deadline is Feb 15th

Start here to begin your medical interpretation training process!

Proficiency in both English and your target language for interpretation must be proven before participation in this course. Complete the course screening form to determine your eligibility.

Do you work or volunteer for a non-profit in Allen County? Are you willing to use the skills you would learn in this course to serve the community? You may be eligible for a scholarship to cover up-to the whole cost of the course from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation!

A confirmation message will be sent once the Course Screening Application has been submitted. If you are applying for a scholarship, a representative may reach out with additional questions. Ivy Tech will complete the registration processes and will send you confirmation of enrollment.

Course Screening Survey

Be sure to scroll down through the whole form and click the green “Submit” button to complete the survey.

Upload Proof of Language Proficiency Documents

After you have submitted the screening survey above please upload any available proof of language proficiency documents.

Participants must be bilingual in English and at least one other language, and proof of proficiency in both languages is required to enroll in the class. Proof of proficiency can be copies of any one of the following documents:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or university/college degree from a school using the assessed language(s)
  • Five or more years of verified professional experience working in the language(s) being assessed.
  • State or federal court interpreter certification
  • Oral language exam results with scores equivalent to ACTFL Advanced Mid-level or ILR Level 2
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