For 24/7 care, call us at (315) 781-8448. Hearing/speech disabilities, please call 711.

Training for Medical Interpreters – Bridging the Gap

Finger Lakes Community Health offers 40 and 64 hour professional development programs that prepare bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters. The program, called Bridging the Gap, is used to train novice and experienced medical interpreters nationally as well as internationally.

The program covers:

  • Basic interpreting skills. Roles, ethics, conduit and clarifier interpreting; managing the flow of the session.
  • Information on healthcare. Introduction to healthcare systems, anatomy, and basic medical procedures.
  • Culture in interpreting. Self-awareness; the basic characteristics of specific cultures; traditional healthcare in specific communities; cultural brokering.
  • Communication skills for advocacy. Listening skills and communication styles; how doctors think; appropriate advocacy.

Tuition: $700 (includes the $150 non-refundable fee)
Limited scholarships are available for agencies that serve agricultural workers.

Upcoming Bridging the Gap Courses: 

  • May 2023: Class will meet on 5/3, 5/5, 5/12, 5/24, 5/26 from 8 AM- 5PM (40 Hours)
  • June 2023: Class will meet on 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30 from 8 AM – 5 PM (40 Hours)
  • September 2023: Class will meet on 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 from 8 AM – 5 PM (40 Hours)
  • Additional sessions may be available for groups of 6 people or more. Please contact Beverly at

In order to take the Bridging the Gap Mental Health Course, you must provide proof of successful completion of a 40-hr. Medical Interpreter course.

Mental Health Interpreter Course -April 2023: Class will meet on 4/5, 4/7, 4/21, 4/26, 4/28 from 8 AM -12 PM
Mental Health Interpreter Course – October 2023: Classes will meet 10/4, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/25, 10, 27 from 8 AM 0 12 PM

All courses are hybrid. The first and last dates of each course are in person. The remaining dates are remote by WebEx.

For information on scholarships or to request an application form, contact Beverly at

Registration Enrollment Procedure

  • Step 1: Complete and submit the Bridging the Gap Application to Beverly Sirvent at
  • Step 2: Mail $150 check, payable to Finger Lakes Community Health, Attention: BTG, PO Box 423, Penn Yan, NY 14527
  • Step 3: Once we receive your completed application form and $150 non-refundable deposit, we will send you instructions via email on how to proceed with the Language Proficiency Assessment.
  • Step 4: Once you’ve completed the Language Proficiency Assessment, you will receive an acceptance email.
  • Step 5: Confirm your attendance, and pay the balance of $550.00 for the tuition.

*Certificates of successful completion will be awarded to participants who score above 70% on the post test.

Call the health center nearest you for an appointment today!