The Medical Interpreter Program will start on April 4, 2020

Pictured: BBiH MIP participants during the 2019 Fall Session

The Spring Session of the Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare Medical Interpreting Program (BBiH MIP) will start on Saturday, April 4, 2020. This 5-day course  will be held on Saturdays at the Akron office located on 370 East Market. This is beneficial for interpreters, health care providers, and administrative staff who work with limited English proficiency patients.

Since 2014 the Interpreting and Translation Services department has offered this one-of-a-kind course to train interpreters in healthcare professions. The course follows a 40-hour curriculum recognized by the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) which fulfills the required first step toward professional interpretation and national certification. BBiH MIP is open to speakers of all languages and provides bilingual individuals with the skills required to deliver accurate and complete medical interpretation in health care settings.

During the 5-days, participants will work with language coaches as the course covers topics such as Language Access and Disparities in healthcare, HIPAA compliance, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, roles of an interpreter, techniques for effective interpreting, basic terminology of the body system, terminology of medical testing and procedures, professional development, and more. Participants who pass both the written (English) and oral exams (English and Native languages) will be issued a certificate with the designation of Qualified Medical Interpreter.

For program details, click here.  For any inquiries, please contact Assistant Program Manager Thunda Choonukoonphong at