Health-Care Culture, Language and Communication Skills for Internationally-Educated Nurses

Program Overview

The Health-Care Culture, Language and Communication for Internationally-Educated Nurses  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 system.

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


22 hours per week
(subject to change without notice)

Class Size

Small class sizes


  • Build on your previous training, experience or interest in health-care
  • Develop speaking, listening, reading and reflective writing skills
  • Improve your language and communication skills for work or further study in health-care fields
  • 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 communicating with patients and coworkers in a clear, concise and coherent manner
  • Attend health-care related guest lectures
  • Develop test-taking skills and strategies (e.g., preparation for CELBAN)

“I believe that all of the topics that were discussed in the class were beneficial to my nursing practice.”

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 nurse.

Permanent Resident

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

Program Dates

Winter 2023

January 3, 2023 – April 21, 2023

Spring 2023

May 1, 2023 – August 11, 2023