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Bridging the Gap: Medical Interpreter Course

Bridging the Gap is the top training program for medical interpreters in the US. For over 20 years, Bridging the Gap has been preparing bilingual individuals to work as effective, competent, and professional medical interpreters. Bridging the Gap was developed by the Cross-Cultural Healthcare Program and is a pioneer in the field of medical interpreter training.  The 40-hour training covers topics, such as interpreter roles and ethics, interpreting skills, medical terminology, the impact of culture, and an overview of the health care system. The content of the training is updated constantly to ensure its relevance. Affordable Language Services is proud to be the only licensed provider of Bridging the Gap in Cincinnati.

Don’t forget: Bridging the Gap is one of the stepping stones to becoming a certified medical interpreter!

Training Location:

  • Affordable Language Services
  • 4350 Glendale Milford Rd
  • Cincinnati, OH 45242
  • Conference Room 140


  • This is a 6-day training program. Training hours are from 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday evenings and 8 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays with 1 hour lunch break to complete 40 hours.

Total Cost:

  • $650.00 per person and $450.00 per person for ALS interpreters (includes: language testing and course materials). Full payment needs to be completed before the start of the program.
  • Participants must be able to prove their language proficiency in English and a target language. All participants will complete a language proficiency assessment for English and their target language.

2020 Live Sessions:

March/April 2020 Live Session: March 27th-29th & April 3rd-5th (Open)

July 2020 Live Session: July 10th-12th & 17th-19th (Open)

October 2020 Live Session: October 9th-11th & 16th-18th (Open)

Registration is now open! If you have any general questions about the training, please contact our Training and Quality Department.

Contact Information

  • Elba Madison – Trainer
  • Alanna Hochberg – Training and Quality Specialist
  • Aryn Swing – Training and Quality Specialist
  • Email:
  • Information via telephone: 513-745-0888 Opt 6

Is this training offered online?

Not at this time, check out our schedule in the future for our yearly winter Remote Training

What language is the training available for?

All languages

What language is the course taught in?


Do I have to attend all 40 hours?

Yes. Under the license agreement with BTG, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all 40 hours and receive a final score of at least 70% on the final exam. Please be aware to be in compliance with The Health Collaborative, the final score must be at least 80%.

What happens if I don’t pass the test?

Participants who do not receive a passing score will have the opportunity to take a makeup exam covering material for the entire course.

If I take Bridging the Gap, will I be certified?

No. You can refer to yourself as a qualified medical interpreter once you pass BTG, but you will not be considered nationally certified.

How do I become a certified medical interpreter?

There are two national organizations offering certification for medical interpreters. For more information, please refer to:

Note that BTG or an equivalent program is required to take the certification exam.

What about ASL interpreters?

Sign Language interpreters have different protocols, and therefore, different certifications. The RID and the NAD are working together to offer certification examinations for American Sign Language interpreters.

Please see and for more information.

Do I get any CEU’s for this training?

Members of ATA (American Translators Association) will receive 10 CEUs.

I do not have experience in the medical field. Is the training appropriate for me?

Yes! The participants in BTG come from a variety of backgrounds from novice to professional interpreters. The class is taught in a way that incorporates and includes differing skill levels

Here is what some of our participants have said:

“It was a great class! I cannot wait for the next opportunity to take continuous training.”

“Amazing teacher! Shares a wealth of experience!”