Bridging Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses (BPIEN) – Level 1

If your English proficiency level is:

  • Speaking: CLB Level 8 or IELTS 7
  • Listening: CLB Level 8 or IELTS 7
  • Reading: CLB Level 8 or IELTS 7
  • Writing: CLB Level 7 or IELTS 6.5

(*Minimum CLB requirements subject to change)

If your goals are to:

  • re-enter your profession as a licensed nurse in Canada
  • improve your language and socio-cultural communication skills to succeed in the workplace

If you want to:

  • learn the skills and strategies necessary to succeed in a post-secondary institution
  • improve your language (speaking, listening, reading and writing)  and cultural communication skills for re-entry into the nursing profession
  • increase your cultural awareness about nursing practice in Canada
  • develop language skills and strategies to increase your readiness to take a required language proficiency assessment for licensing purposes  (e.g., CELBAN)

Then consider BPIEN – Level 1.

The focus of all face to face classes, online preparation, assessments and assignments will be on Language, Culture and Communication used in the nursing profession within the Canadian Health Care Context. Skill-building in speaking, listening, reading and writing specific to the nursing context will be emphasized.

Topics will include:

  1. Introduction to Language and Communication
  2. Intercultural Communication
  3. Nursing in Manitoba:
    • Overview of Health Care in Canada and Manitoba
    • Patient-Centred Practice
    • Collaborative Practice
    • Professional Communication (“Soft” skills)
  4. Taking Care of Patients and their Families
    • Effective Interviewing
    • Therapeutic Communication
    • Communicating with Challenging Patients
  5. Strategies for Effective Communication and Lifelong Learning

Program Dates: (16 week program)

IMPORTANT NOTE: This program is delivered in the fall or winter term only if the number of students enrolled meets the minimum number required by the funder. It is important to apply early.

  • Fall 2019: September 3, 2019 to December 20, 2019
  • Winter 2020: Not Offered

If there are not enough applicants enrolled to offer the BPIEN-Level 1 Fall Term, the applicants will have the following options:

Application Deadline: Complete application packages must be received at the Language Training Centre (hard copies) by 4pm on August 2, 2019.

Delivery format:

  • 400 hours (16 weeks):
    • Face-to-face (F2F) classes (14 hours/week):
      • Language and Communication (F2F): (8 hrs./week – 2 mornings)
      • Nursing support: (4 hrs./week – 2 afternoons)
      • Computer Lab: (2 hrs./week)
    • Online component: 8 hrs./week (prep for in-class workshops and/or post-workshop assignments and homework)
    • Independent Study: 3 hrs./week
    • Satisfactory Completion of BPIEN-Level 1 is based on:
      • successful completion of all program requirements (online & F2F)
      • demonstrated skills and knowledge of BPIEN units and achievement of outcomes
      • attendance (minimum 80% of F2F component)
  • Final progress report is issued to participants:
    • CLB level in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
    • strengths and weaknesses in language and communication

Download: BPIEN-Level 1 Overview of Program
Application Package


Stuart Schwartz, Program Manager
204.945.6151 extension 6303

WELARC (Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre)

400-275 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba