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The Professional Medical Interpreter:

A Comprehensive 40-Hour Medical Interpreting Course

Course Information


This self-paced online course is for aspiring medical interpreters who are looking for a comprehensive training program that will prepare them to work as professional interpreters in medical and 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).


Two textbooks supplement the online course material: The Professional Medical Interpreter: A Comprehensive 40-Hour Medical Interpreting Course, and Medical Terminology for Interpreters.

Title Earned After Course:

Qualified Medical Interpreter (QMI)

Students who complete this course will...

  • Be qualified to work as a freelance 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 CMI or CHI before working professionally.)

  • Fulfill the 40-hour medical interpreter training pre-requisite to apply for the national medical interpreter exam with either NBCMI or CCHI.

*Students who complete this course will meet the training requirements to work for Liberty Language Services as a freelance medical interpreter. See if we're hiring for your language(s) on our Careers Page.

Payment Options

Option 1 (with Textbooks):              



Tuition Includes:

  • 60-Day Access to Course (extensions available for an additional fee)

  • Free Access to Liberty's Oral Language Proficiency Tests 

  • 2 Textbooks (Paperback copies to be mailed to students)

  • Training Certificate of Completion 

Option 2 (without Textbooks):

Tuition Includes:

  • 60-Day Access to Course (extensions available for an additional fee)

  • Free Access to Liberty's Oral Language Proficiency Tests

  • Training Certificate of Completion 


Not Included:

  • 2 Textbooks (Student will need to purchase either the e-book or paperback edition of the textbooks through Amazon. See links to the textbooks above in the Course Information section.)

3-Month Payment Plan Option 

This plan is only available for Option 1 ($450) No discounts or coupons can be used with the payment plan.

How does it work? Students pay their first monthly installment to gain access to the course. The remaining 2 installments will automatically be charged every 30 days on the student's credit card account (for example, payments will be deducted June 1st, July 1st, August 1st).

Please email if you would like to pay for this course using the 3-Month Payment Plan. Our team will email you an electronic invoice to make the first installment. 

How to Enroll

1. Click the button below to be directed to The Professional Medical Interpreter in our course platform (

2. Select your preferred payment option and follow the instructions to create an account and make your full tuition payment. You will be able to access the course after submitting a payment.

3. Please don't forget to read the Welcome email that you will receive after enrolling in the course site. It will contain important instructions (such as getting your textbooks, how to create your student profile, etc.)

Email or call 888-746-9108, ext. 7 if you need any assistance.

Admission Requirements

1. 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. (Liberty DOES NOT require students to submit a copy of their diploma/degree before enrolling.)

2. Students must make full payment or an initial installment before gaining access to the course. 

3. 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.

Below is a list of third-party language proficiency exam results that we will accept if you do not plan to take Liberty'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.

  • High school diploma from a high school in a country where the primary language spoken is the target language

  • Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D. or any other degree from an institution of higher education of which the primary language spoken is the target language (we do not accept US degrees as proof of English fluency) 

Have Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What languages do I need to speak to take this course?


You must speak English and at least one other language fluently to take full advantage of this course. The training tuition includes free access to Liberty's oral language proficiency testing for English and over 60 world languages to help you assess your language fluency. 

2. What if I don't pass the oral language proficiency tests?

If you take the oral language proficiency test, but get a failing score (less than 80%) you will still be able to study and complete The Professional Medical Interpreter course. However, you would be advised to study your spoken language(s) further before officially working as a professional interpreter. If you are applying to work as an interpreter at Liberty, we cannot onboard you unless you provide us with acceptable oral language proficiency test scores.

3. What if I don’t pass a final exam?


You will have the opportunity to retake both final exams (40-Hour Foundational Training & Medical Terminology) free of charge after consultation with the instructor.  If you do not pass the exam a second time, you will be required to meet with our Education Director for evaluation before you are eligible to take the exam a third time.


4. What if my enrollment expires before I'm able to complete the course?


Please contact or 888-746-9108 (ext. 7) to request an extension. We open the course in 6 month increments. Each course extension request will incur a fee of $100. 


5. When will I receive the certificate of completion?


After you have completed all course assignments, achieved a score of 80% or higher on all quizzes and final exams, and your tuition is paid in full, you will receive your certificate of completion. We provide an electronic copy and mail a physical copy of your certificate.


6. Is tuition refundable?


If a student is not satisfied with Liberty’s educational offerings, they can request Liberty for a tuition refund. Refunds must be requested BEFORE completion of the course (i.e. No refunds can be issued after submission of the final exam). The exact amount of the refund will depend on how much progress the student has made in the course. 


Liberty strives to be fair in all their dealings. Please bring all concerns up to the Education Coordinator (


7. Is the class taught in English?


Yes, all the course content is taught in English.


8. Who is the instructor?


Sameh Abdelkader is the instructor for the course. You can read more about Mr. Abdelkader here. He can be contacted by email or phone anytime during the course if a student has questions about the material. 

9. Will this course make me a certified medical interpreter?


Upon completing this course, you may call yourself a trained and qualified medical interpreter. Only interpreters who have passed one of the two national certification exams can use the credentials of Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) or Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI). For more information on certification, please visit the websites for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).


10. Does this course meet the 40-hour training required to apply for national certification through CCHI or NBCMI?


Yes. You can use the certificate of completion from this course to apply for the national certification exam at either organization.

11. Where can I see a list of other medical interpreter training courses?


There is a training directory on the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) website.