Medical Interpreter Training

  • Offering students

    Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare®

    in 3 flexible packages.

Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare®
Medical Interpreter Training

Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare®: A Medical Interpreter Training Course (BBiH) follows a 40-hour curriculum that is recognized by the International Medical Interpreter Association (IMIA) to fulfill the required first step toward professional interpretation and national certification. BBiH is open to speakers of many languages and the only prerequisite is complete fluency in both English and in your target language(s).

ALTA Language Services, a proud IMIA member, now offers three versions of Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare® so that you can take a meaningful step forward in your medical interpretation career even if you live far from ALTA’s training center in Atlanta. Self-guided online packages offer you the flexibility to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. Read on to determine which version works best for you.

Essential content included in all three course offerings:

  • Interactive Language Proficiency Testing
  • Interpreter Code of Ethics
  • Roles of the Interpreter
  • Advice and personal narratives from a nationally certified interpreter
  • Best techniques for effective interpretation
  • Body systems, terminology, medical testing and procedures
  • Title VI and language access rights
  • Health disparities
  • Cultural competency
  • Professional development
  • Certificate of Proficiency (upon passing)

Certificate of Proficiency

Learners who pass Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare® will receive a Certificate of Proficiency stating they have been trained to interpret in medical settings in their target language. Holding this certificate will allow participants to apply for interpretation jobs with agencies all over the globe.

Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare® is open to speakers of the following languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Bosnian
  • Burmese
  • Cantonese
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Nepali
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Somali
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Taiwanese
  • Tigrinya
  • Vietnamese

Atlanta Package: In-person Weekend Sessions

BBiH In-person Atlanta Classroom Package

Our BBiH In-person Atlanta Classroom Package is a 40-hour course designed to equip a bilingual individual with all the tools he or she needs to bridge communication fully and effectively. Professional medical interpreters are required to successfully graduate a 40-hour course as a first step toward national certification. This course is taught in English by an experienced and nationally certified interpreter.

Classroom sessions will take place on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (with a half hour break for lunch) in Atlanta, GA. Participants must be present each day in order to get credit for the course. Space is limited to the first 30 qualified individuals. Class is held every Saturday.

Deadline for Winter Enrollment: Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Spaces are Limited!

Special Features

Volunteer opportunities:

We know that interpretation skills must be practiced both inside and outside the classroom. In our training course, we will show you how to get involved and practice what you've learned through various volunteer opportunities.

A unique testing system:

We make it a priority to ensure quality, fair testing for all of our students. ALTA is proud to offer interactive oral testing videos for students.

Language coaches:

Participants will have the opportunity to consult with skilled language coaches for approximately 2 hours of every class.
* Any language group with two or fewer students will be guaranteed a language coach for one class day.

Practical, in-depth assessments of professional skills:

Interpreting effectively does not begin and end with just knowing the language. This course offers the opportunity to develop one’s interpersonal abilities as a medical interpreter and learn and implement effective strategies and techniques for serving as an ethical interpreter.

Convenient location:

ALTA is located in the heart of the Buckhead district in Atlanta, GA. We offer our students validated daily parking, and our classrooms are also conveniently situated less than one block from Lenox MARTA station.

Winter 2017
Weekend Course Schedule

  • January 21, 2017
  • January 28, 2017
  • February 4, 2017
  • February 11, 2017
  • February 18, 2017

Enrollment Deadline:
January 18, 2017

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Basic Package: Online and Self-Guided

BBiH Online Basic Package

The most flexible of the BBiH courses, the Self-Guided Basic Package is delivered through ALTA’s online training portal and provides a completely autonomous learning environment. You will receive access to a comprehensive e-book and e-workbook, animated slides, recorded lectures, and interactive quizzes that will allow you to work through the entire BBiH curriculum at your own pace.

The amount of independent study required per student will vary based on your prior interpretation experience. We suggest that participants view training as a part-time job to which they must commit and dedicate themselves each day. While in BBiH, you can expect to study anywhere between five and twenty hours per week.

This package includes:

  • Twelve-week access to the Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare Curriculum
  • Digital copy of the Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare® Textbook.
  • Digital copy of the Student Role Play Workbook
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Comprehensive Package: Online and Self-Guided

BBiH Online Comprehensive Package

The Self-guided Comprehensive Package includes everything in the Basic online course, plus two hours of personal language coaching from an experienced professional medical interpreter. This best of both worlds option is a great choice for students who seek the flexibility of online learning and the personal attention of in-person instruction.

As with the Basic package, the amount of independent study required per student will vary based on your prior interpretation experience. We suggest that participants view training as a part-time job to which they must commit and dedicate themselves each day. While in BBiH, you can expect to study anywhere between five and twenty hours per week.

This package includes:

  • Twelve-week access to the Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare Curriculum
  • Digital copy of the Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare® Textbook.
  • Digital copy of the Student Role Play Workbook
  • 2 hours of Language Coaching
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What Our Students Are Saying

“One of the best investments...”

Michel H.

Truly one of the best investments I've ever made. The ALTA team’s attentiveness and efficiency is like none other.

“Very convenient...”

Cho S.

Taking the online course was very convenient because I could study on my own time. I have gained so much knowledge on medical terms and ethics. I would highly recommend BBiH to those who are thinking of an online interpreting course.

“Well organized with tons of vocabulary...”

Lily B.

I really enjoyed the course. ALTA's support team was very knowledgeable about the online technology used, and they made everything go smoothly. The book is also well organized with tons of vocabulary. It's a good desk reference for every medical interpreter.

“Wonderful...”

Dania Q.

The integration of real life experiences told as engaging, humorous stories was a wonderful way of illustrating the very real need for ethical medical interpreters.

“Diverse, well balanced, efficient...”

Claire G.

I really enjoyed the classroom training. It was diverse, well balanced, efficient, well organized, and friendly.

“Incredible...”

Daniela V.

Stephanie was an incredible lead trainer. I really appreciated that she was someone with experience in the field that could share current stories and opinions about medical interpreting in Atlanta.

Still Have Questions?

Contact Our Interpreter Training Team

To learn more about our medical interpreter training courses, please contact us at 404.920.3873 or email interp.education@altalang.com.