Medical Interpreter Training Program offered at Penn State Lehigh Valley

September 03, 2019

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Penn State Lehigh Valley is offering a Core Medical Interpreter Training Program (CMIT) for people interested in meeting the requirements for national certification for medical/healthcare interpreters.

The program will start Oct. 25. It includes an online component and five in-person training days this fall, which will be held at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Overlook Park location in Allentown. It totals 80 hours, split evenly between online and classroom time.

CMIT is offered to bilingual or multilingual individuals, who are either currently working in health care or are interested in obtaining an entry-level credential in the field. The program covers all of the basic aspects of interpreting in healthcare including the roles, modes, ethics and current professional and regulatory guidelines, strategies for effective communication between different cultures in the healthcare setting, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, as well as eight hours on the Codes of Ethics, and intensive role-playing to gain new skills and significantly improve patient safety.

The goal of CMIT is to promote National Best Practice Standards in Professional Medical Interpreting for all limited-English proficient (LEP) patients requiring assistance.

For more information, including schedule details, cost and scholarship opportunities, visit the CMIT website or contact Andrea Tessier at or 610-285-5026. 

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Last Updated September 03, 2020