Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Application

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Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 40 hour medical interpreting course that trains already bilingual people with high proficiency to facilitate communication between service providers and people with limited English proficiency. BTG is nationally recognized as part of the path to national certification; however, BTG is typically accepted at many medical facilities nationwide. This training targets health educators, health care providers, lay interpreters interested in enhancing medical interpreting skills, and bilingual members of the community with a genuine interest in becoming medical interpreters. The course is provided locally by a partnership between South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at WKU and Community Action of Southern Kentucky.

Once accepted, participants attend 5 classes for 8 hours a day and are responsible for reading chapters from the text and completing group assignments between classes. The training employs collaborative learning and experiential learning practices. A considerable amount of time will be dedicated to role-plays, group discussion, and practice.

Class will be held from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST at Community Action/EHS on January 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 2018. January 27th will be reserved as a make up day in the event of difficult weather when a class is canceled. The address for Community Action/EHS is 200 E 4th Ave, Bowling Green KY 42101.

Bridging the Gap is a basic training course encompassing:
• Interpreting skills
• Culture and its impact on interpreting
• Medical terminology
• Communication, advocacy, and professional development

At the conclusion of the training, participants should be able to:
• Understand the role of the medical interpreter
• Have a functional understanding of the US health care system and basic medical terminology
• Be able to apply appropriate interpreting and communication skills to deal with any related situation

In order to successfully complete the training, participants must:
• Attend the entire training (40 hours) and study from the textbook and handouts outside of class.
• Complete a group presentation over assigned body system(s).
• Pass a written multiple choice test with a minimum grade of 70% on the last day of the training.


Participants must be fluent in English and one non-English language. This is not a language course, although it does aid in learning medical terminology. The language proficiency test is to assess participant's second language and is required for everyone except those who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university where all classes were taught in their second language. Copies of the transcript will be requested. Applicants who need to take the language proficiency test will receive information via e-mail with instructions on how to register for this exam. Non-English tests will be administered telephonically. Directions to schedule the test will be provided via email after registration. Results of the exam will be sent to the facilitators and applicants will be notified of their status via email. An application is not considered complete until the language proficiency status is verified.


Other agencies offer the course with an admission fee of up to $650 or more, however through community partnerships this course will be offered at a reduced rate to applicants residing in South Central AHEC's service area. The registration fee covers the training and materials. Payment options will be provided to the first 25 people who successfully complete all registration requirements. Fees need to be paid in full on or before the first day of class with cash or check.

$440 Registration*
$60 Language Proficiency Test*
$40 Administration Fee**

$540 Total*

*Community Action of Southern Kentucky and South Central AHEC are grant funded programs. Priority will be given to participants intending to interpret high need languages professionally in the 22 counties served by AHEC. These applicants will also receive a scholarship automatically to cover the registration fee including the language proficiency test. There is no separate request necessary to receive the scholarship. Click on this link for a description of the AHEC service area: .

**The $40 administration fee applies to all applicants unless you are a WKU Student or refugee who has arrived in the US within the past 5 years.


Maximum class size will be 25. Slots will be filled after language proficiency is confirmed. In order to provide ample time for shipment of training materials, online registration forms must be received by close of business day on May 29th, 2017.


November 24th Registration closes
November 27th Proficiency testing closes
November 29th Participants confirmed
December 3rd Materials ordered
January 5th Class begins


Patricia D. Tarquino Moorehead has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Berea College, and was trained in Community Organizing by the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, California. Patricia has had an extended Community Organizing career in the Central Appalachian Region serving Letcher, Pike and Knott Counties in Eastern Kentucky with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Native of Cali, Colombia, Patricia immigrated to the United States in the late 1980’s.

Heath Ray is the Program Coordinator for Refugee Services at Community Action of Southern Kentucky. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in both Psychology and Sociology from Western Kentucky University, he lived among East Africans for two years with the United States Peace Corps. During that time he learned Swahili which proved very helpful when returning to Bowling Green where many East African refugees are being resettled. Since 2009 he has become very involved with the refugee community offering assistance through multiple aspects of the resettlement process. Heath serves on the Bowling Green International Communities Advisory Council and on the board of South Eastern Medical Interpreters Association.

Leyda Becker is the International Communities Liaison for the City of Bowling Green. She coordinates the City's role in communicating and working effectively with the diverse international communities represented in Bowling Green, and serves as an advocate for LEP (Limited English Proficient) persons who may seek City services. Leyda is a licensed trainer in Cultural Competency from the nationally recognized Cross Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle, Washington. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications from Western Kentucky University. Leyda is a native of Venezuela, South America and has made Bowling Green her home for over 21 years.

For More Information contact Heath Ray at (270) 783-4484 ex 222 / or Lucy Juett at (270) 745-3325 /

Your information is kept confidential and only shared with South Central Kentucky AHEC, Community Action of Southern Kentucky, and Cross Cultural Health Care Program.

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