Course Description

Training Overview

Language Bank offers a 60-hour medical interpretation training program for bilingual individuals interested in a career as a Medical Interpreter in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Language Bank training is taught by our own highly experienced trainers who take pride in delivering a quality educational program. These trainers have more than 25 years of experience and bring a high level of instruction to prepare students for the real challenges interpreters face.

The curriculum includes communication, standards of practice, Code of Ethics, anatomy and medical terminology, interpreting logistics, and role-play interpreting techniques.

Key Training Topics

  • Active listening
  • Sight translation skills
  • Consecutive interpreting skills
  • Common interpreting errors
  • Elements of communication, shadowing and reflection of emotion
  • NCIHC Code of Ethics
  • IMIA Standards of Practice
  • Culture in medical setting/techniques for culture brokering
  • Body systems
  • Medical terminology
  • Suffixes, and prefixes used in medical terminology
  • Basic skills on note taking
  • Language specific coaches (15 hours)

This is a 60-hour program and attendance to all classes is mandatory. Training classes will be held at the Language Bank offices at 340 Granite Street, 3rd Floor, Manchester, NH 03102 and 14 East Worcester Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604.

About the Medical Interpretation Training Course

The program provides qualified instructors who will work with students to develop and prepare them for becoming a medical interpreter. If your score on the bilingual proficiency* testing (which Ascentria provides) meets the accepted minimum level you will be accepted into the training program.

*Based on the availiability of test for the language you speak.

Please note that the training is 60+ hours long and in order to successfully complete it you must attend all dates/days and receive a passing score on the final written and oral exams. Those who successfully finish the training will receive a certificate of proficiency. This program provides qualified instructors who will work with you to prepare you to become a medical interpreter.

View current course listings and schedules here.

Language Coaches

We will also provide language coaches to work with you in the class. These coaches will spend about 15 hours helping you master medical terminology, correct homework, and participate in role-playing exercises to prepare for real life scenarios.

National Board Certification

This training is one of the pre-requisites necessary to be eligible to take any of the national board certification exams for Medical Interpreters.