The Professional Medical Interpreter®

Earn the title of Qualified Medical Interpreter (QMI) in this self-paced, 40-hour medical interpreter training course.

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About the Course

The Professional Medical Interpreter® Course is for aspiring medical interpreters who are looking for a comprehensive training program that will prepare them to work as a professional medical interpreter in healthcare settings.

In this course, students will learn the standards of practice and code of ethics from both the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) and the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC).

Multilinguals will learn the specialized skills they need to meet the demands of professional medical interpreting in today’s world. After taking the Professional Medical Interpreter course, you’ll earn the title of Qualified Medical Interpreter (QMI). You’ll be qualified to work as a QMI for hospitals, medical offices, rehabilitation centers, and other healthcare settings.

What You'll Learn

After successful completion of the course, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Perform the necessary basic mediation techniques for successful interpreting
  • Use the necessary basic techniques to interpret in real-life situations
  • Use the consecutive mode to interpret during routine medical assignments
  • Perform basic simultaneous interpretation
  • Provide accurate sight translation of a document
  • Understand anatomical, diagnostic, and treatment terminology
  • Understand interpreter codes of ethics, ethical decision-making and use that understanding to interpret ethically

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Qualification Goals

  • Be qualified to work as a freelance professional medical interpreter (independent contractor) for language service providers across the US.
  • Be qualified to apply for staff interpreter positions at hospitals and medical facilities. (Note: Some states may require that medical interpreters earn their accreditation as a Certified Medical Interpreter(CMI) or Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI) before working professionally.)
  • Fulfill the 40-hour medical interpreter training pre-requisite to apply for the national medical interpreter exam with either The National Board of Certifcation for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) or Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).


  • Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. A 4-year or bachelor’s degree is recommended.
  • Students must make full payment or an initial installment before gaining access to the course.
  • Students must have a computer and microphone to be able to complete the oral language proficiency tests. The proficiency tests are included in the price of tuition.



Acceptable Proficiency Exam Results

Below is a list of third-party language proficiency exam results that we will accept if you do not plan to take the Academy of Interpretation's proficiency tests OR if we do not offer testing for your language.

  • ACTFL Oral Exams (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages): 3.5+ or at least Advanced Mid lvl.
  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English, Level 4): B
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, Level 5): B
  • ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English): PASS
  • ELPT (English Language Proficiency Test): 950+
  • FCE (First Certificate in English, Level 3): A
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7.0+
  • ILR 2 correlates with 3.5 Advanced Mid ACTFL (Being reviewed for equivalence)
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 80+
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570+ on paper; 230+ computer version; 90+ on iBT.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enroll in the professional medical interpreter course?

You can click the 'Enroll' button at the top of the page or view this Youtube video for an in-depth tutorial.

What is the minimum passing score for PMI?

You need to pass with a minimum score of 80% on both the Medical Terminology section and the Interpreter Skills section.

Do you allow extensions?

Yes, it costs $25 for your first extension. Requests for additional extensions will be judged on a case-by-case basis and payment of a minimum of $50 will be required.

How much is a language proficiency test?

The Language Proficiency Test (LPT) course is $100. It includes an English test and a test in your other spoken language. It costs an extra $50 per language to test more.

How much time do you have to the course?

To complete the Professional Medical Interpreter (PMI), you have access for 60 days. To complete the Language Proficiency Test (LPT) course, you have access for 30 days.

How many attempts do we get for the professional medical interpreter test?

For the Language Proficiency Test (LPT) you have one attempt. If you need one more attempt, one is given free of charge. For the Professional Medical Interpreter (PMI) test, you get two attempts.

How can I see my progress?

When accessing The Professional Medical Interpreter (PMI) course, you can see your progress on the left-hand side of the course.

Can I start the Professional Medical Interpreter course before completing my language proficiency test?

In order to start the Professional Medical Interpreter (PMI) course, you must complete your Language Proficiency Test (LPT) course.


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