English - Spanish

Online Medical Interpreter Training Program

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We prepare interpreters to function as members of the healthcare team. Because we know healthcare. And we know interpreting. Meet the members of the Culture Advantage Team.


We are proud to announce our Basic40 Online Basic Medical Interpreter Program, Fast60 Online Professional Medical Interpreter Program, Pro70 Online Professional Medical Interpreter Program.

For bilingual individuals with advanced language skills. Learn medical terminology in both languages. Complete the program from your own home, or anywhere you have a computer. You may log in at any time that is convenient for you. No travel required.


I enjoyed watching the videos which helped me alot with my interpreting. I enjoyed calling in the assignments the least. Overall I loved the course, I know I did alot of reading but that is the way I learn, that is why it has taken me longer to finish the course. It is a great course that helped me personally better my skills and to better serve the patients and providers. Ana, Graduate, English-Spanish Program

Link to the Application Page: 
Online Medical Interpreter Program Application

"Being able to take a good quality course from home is fantastic". - Vally from Alabama, first graduate of the English-Spanish Medical Terminology Course.

What you will learn: Download our Online Professional Curriculum

What you will receive:

  • Convenient delivery of all lessons online at the eLearning Portal and by email.
  • Intensive Online Medical Terminology training in both languages.
  • Comprehensive Medical Interpreting Principles and Interpreting Skills Training (Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, Roles of the Interpreter)
  • 24-7 Access to our Online Spanish Language Pack, a compiled library of audio and written medical information that are actual materials used by medical providers for instruction and health information.
  • Extensive Online English-Spanish Medical Glossary and online resources.
  • One-on-One Feedback. Professional mentoring by healthcare professionals, and professional interpreters (CMI/CHI) with one-on-one feedback on student's assignments.
  • One-on-one live, coaching and evaluation of your medical terminology knowledge, consecutive interpreting skills, and application of the Standards and Code of Ethics.
  • Live practice sessions and coaching to prepare for the Final Exam.
  • Convenient 24-hour access to lessons, assignments and exams.
  • Certificate of Completion of the Professional Medical Interpreter program with English-Spanish Concentration
  • Discounted fee to national certification review sessions if taken within 6 months of graduation (with receipt submission).
  • Two to three continuing education courses (within one year of graduation) offered by Culture Advantage (for professional programs).
  • Discounts to advanced courses and continuing education offerings, and educational products and services after graduation.


  • Self-paced (based on performance) within your program plan. Complete assignments and quizzes online. Submit assignments at any time. Receive one-on-one feedback.
  • Convenient 24/7 online access.
  • Flexible payment plans available.
  • No travel, study from home.

Instructors and Mentors

Taught by Healthcare Professionals and Professional Interpreters (CMI/CHIs)

Intensive Medical Section Part 1 and Part 2: Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Diagnostic Procedures, Medical Specialties in English and Spanish. Assignments are submitted in English and Spanish. Final Evaluation in English and Spanish.

Interpreting Section Part 3: Principles of Medical Interpreting, Consecutive Interpreting, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, Roles of the Interpreter, regulations, US Healthcare System, Cultural Competency.

Medical Instructors/Mentors:
Marlene V. Obermeyer, MA, RN, Instructor
Kelly Martinkus, MD, CMI-Spanish, Senior Medical and Language Mentor
Liz Mendoza, MD, CMI-Spanish
Lury Fernandez, RN, Medical and Language Mentor
Idil Hernandez., PT, Medical and Language Mentor
Rafael Don Q. Montalvo, MD - Cuba, Medical and Language Mentor
Helen Jaramillo, MD - Peru
Ofelia Chacon, MD - Colombia, PhD - US.

Interpreting Instructors/Mentors: Professional Medical Interpreters and CMIs
Click here for our Mentors Page.

Link to Current Fees.

Start Dates:

Enrollment is flexible and you may start at any time depending on availability of medical mentor for your language-pair.
Course extensions available if needed for a small fee.

Program Prerequisites:

1. Education: Bachelor's degree in any field. Or combination of education and documented professional work experience of at least 5 years.
2. Language skills: College-level language proficiency in English and Spanish (oral and written). College major in either English or Spanish. Or 5 years of professional work experience using the language pair.
Formal validated language proficiency testing. Profluent Testing for Language Proficiency (Third-party testing).
Proficiency Testing must be equivalent to ILR 2.5 or higher.
3. Basic Internet skills, Internet connection, PC or MAC computer and software needed to access the lessons.
4. Internet access and computer microphone for recording audios.
5. Telephone access

Course Requirements to receive a certificate of completion:

1. At least 80% average on quizzes and 90% average grade on all exams including the Final Exams.
2. Completion and passing grade in all oral and written assignments as required.
3. Pass the comprehensive Final Oral Skills Evaluation.
4. Pass the English-Spanish Medical Terminology Oral Final Exam.

Completion Times:

Basic40 Program: 40 hours average completion time
Fast60 Program: 60 hours average completion time
Pro70 Program: 70 hours averate completion time

These are average completion times. Course progress depends on satisfactory performance on every assignment and every test, for every lesson starting on Lesson 1. Completion time varies depending on your baseline knowledge and language skill levels, Internet connection, Internet skills, time availability, Internet connection. Student would only receive credit for the number of hours that they are enrolled for.

Thank you! We strive to provide personal service therefore enrollment is limited. Please contact me with any questions. Please fill out the application form so we can send you more information.

Link to the Application Page: 
Application: Medical Interpreter Program

Course Fees Link

Please contact me directly for details. Thank you.