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Register now: AU Health is offering medical interpreters training beginning in August

Again this August, Augusta University Health is offering a course for medical interpreters training.

Called “Bridging the Gap,” the course is an introductory medical interpreters training designed to help bring quality Patient and Family-Centered Care to patients who speak a different language, or those who are Limited English Proficient patients.

The class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on August 20, 22, 24, 27 and 31.

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a nationally-recognized medical interpreters program that has trained tens of thousands of professionals around the United States and internationally. BTG provides a minimum of 40 hours of training as recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.

This introductory medical interpreters training, licensed by Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP), prepares bilinguals to facilitate communication between patients and health care providers who speak different languages.

The course covers:

  • Professional Code of Ethics by the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA), and National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC)
  • Standards of Practice
  • The Role of the Interpreter
  • Modes of Interpreting
  • Interpreter Role Playing
  • Interpretation Techniques
  • Interpreter Protocol
  • Interpreting Logistics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Body Systems & Their Functions
  • Guide to common medications
  • Professional Development
  • Legislation related to the field of interpreting (Title VI-1964 Act, ADA and HIPAA)
  • Cultural Competency
  • Advocacy

In order to take the course, you must participate in a language assessment via telephone to demonstrate fluency in English and one other language.

Students must attend all five days and pass a final written exam in order to earn a certificate of successful completion.

The course fee is $800.00 per participant. The charges include the required language assessment (nonrefundable), training and all course materials.

For more information, contact Interpreter and Translation Services at 706-721-6929, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m., or e-mail monsmith@augusta.edu to register.

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