Centre for Newcomer Integration

Communication for Internationally-Educated Nurses

Expanded Eligibility Criteria. View Details

Program Overview

The Communication for Internationally-Educated Nurses (IENs) program is free to eligible students (permanent residents and CUAET visa holders), thanks to funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Canadian Citizens may also qualify for this course if they are part of the Manitoba IENs Program.

The focus of the program is on building core language skills in the four areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as they relate to the Canadian healthcare system. In addition, this program also introduces skills and strategies for CELBAN.

The program consists of real-time, instructor-led online classes where you communicate directly with your classmates, in addition to completing independent tasks and assignments in a fully online environment.

When you finish the program, you will be more prepared for the CELBAN and for communicating with patients and colleagues in the Canadian healthcare system.


15-week program


4-8 hours per week

Class Size

Small class sizes


  • Build on your previous training, experience or interest in healthcare
  • Develop speaking, listening, reading and reflective writing skills
  • Understand culture and professionalism in the Canadian healthcare system
  • Build confidence and learn to communicate with patients and coworkers in a clear, concise, and coherent way
  • Develop test-taking skills and strategies in preparation for CELBAN


  • Building core language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Introduction to the Canadian healthcare system
  • Intercultural competence
  • Communicating with patients and colleagues
  • Introduction to skills and strategies for the four components of the CELBAN

Program Requirements


A computer with a webcam, internet access, printer, plus a good-quality headset and microphone.

English Level

A minimum English level of CLB 6/7.


All applicants must have a referral from WELARC or the IENs in Manitoba Program.

Program Dates

Fall 2024

COMM-1199 Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses
Aug. 26 – Dec. 6, 2024

Choose from our Skills and Strategies for CELBAN courses in Fall 2024:

COMM-1188 – Speaking
Fall exact dates to be determined

COMM-1186 SSC – Listening
Aug. 26 – Sept. 25, 2024

COMM-1187 SSC – Reading
Fall exact dates to be determined

COMM-1189 – Writing
Aug. 26 – Oct. 9, 2024

Enhanced Skills for CELBAN Workshop Series

Fall 2024

Oct 21 – Nov 15, 2024;
exact session times and dates to be announced

Participate in one, two, or all three of the workshops to improve your skills for the CELBAN:

  • WRKS-1039 – Opinion Letters
  • WRKS-1041 – Talk About Current Health Issues
  • WRKS-1042 – Narrative Report

Note: Programs and classes only run if a minimum number of students register.

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