Communication for Internationally-Educated Health Professionals

Program Overview

The Communication for Internationally-Educated Health Professionals program is provided for free to eligible students thanks to funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The focus of the program is on language, culture and communication in the Canadian health-care context.

The program consists of real-time, instructor-led online classes where all learners communicate directly with each other, in addition to independent tasks and assignments completed in an online environment.

When you finish the program, you’ll be better prepared to work in the Canadian health-care system or to pursue academic studies in the health-care field.


15-week program


15 hours per week

Class Size

Small class sizes


  • Build on your previous training, experience or interest in health-care
  • Develop speaking, listening, reading and reflective writing skills
  • Prepare to re-enter your profession or continue your studies in the health-care field
  • Understand culture and professionalism in the Canadian health-care system
  • Build confidence to interact with peers, other health professionals, patients and their families
  • Improve your communication skills for interviewing and interacting with patients and coworkers
  • Attend health-care related guest lectures
  • Develop test-taking skills and strategies

“All components learned in the CIEHP program were really useful, however, the most helpful part for me was learning about Patient-Centred Practice and Effective Interviewing because those topics allowed me to put in practice the other content of the program by doing role plays with my classmates and instructor.”

Former Language Training Centre student


  • Introduction to language and communication
  • Overview of health-care in Canada and Manitoba
  • Patient-centred practice
  • Effective interviewing
  • Collaborative practice
  • Professional communication (“soft” skills)
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Managing challenging interactions with patients and other health professionals
  • The “language” of health-care
  • Strategies for effective communication and lifelong learning

Program Requirements

English Level

Language ProficiencyListeningSpeakingReading*Writing
CLB level8887

* A CLB Level 7, IELTS 6.5 or CanTEST 3.5 in Reading may be considered.

Note: If your language levels are lower than this, it is recommended that you take the Communication for Health Professions program first to build your language skills. 


All applicants must have a referral from WELARC.

Health Professional

You must be an internationally-educated health professional (e.g., physician, nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist, dentist, etc.)

Permanent Resident

There is no cost for participants, but applicants must be permanent residents.

Program Dates

Winter 2022

January 4, 2022 – April 22, 2022