Nursing specific language courses to prepare you for your nursing career in Canada.
CARE’s language curriculum has been carefully researched and designed by language experts in consultation with nurses. It is a comprehensive, occupation-specific program that focuses on nursing communication skills for internationally educated nurses already at an intermediate-to-advanced level of English language proficiency.
An exclusive feature of the CARE language curriculum is The e-Learning Lounge, an innovative on-line learning tool which al-lows nurses to practice nursing communication skills using audio and video materials, resulting in enhanced listening skills, grammatical accuracy, and improved pronunciation.
CARE language course certificates are a valuable addition to your professional nursing portfolio. Certificates are awarded to participants who attend and successfully complete each course.
These courses, offered throughout the year at different locations, are available only to members of the CARE Centre.
Language Requirements to join the CARE Centre
A Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) – Client Profile with a minimum of CLB 7 in all four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing.
These benchmarks must be the result of a CLBA or the placement test (CLBPT).
If you require an assessment, please click here for details on assessment locations.
*PDF Website CLBA Locations
Please note: The CARE Centre does not accept Canadian Language Benchmarks assigned in outside language classes. The CARE Centre does not accept the results of the English Language Placement Assessment (ELTPA).
I took part in the three levels of the CARE language program. I have learned a lot from these specific language training programs for internationally educated nurses and made great progress with the help of my instructors. The content of the courses is practical and comprehensive. The CARE instructors are excellent and they provide us with positive support, guidance and help. The knowledge we learned in the classes is useful and helpful for our future work. I am very grateful for CARE’s language program.
- CARE Alumni, RN
CARE Language Courses
Workplace Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses: Intermediate Assessing, reporting and explaining. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to use the best practices of nursing communication to:
- Perform health assessment interviews with confidence.
- Give and receive accurate and professional handover and end-of-shift re-ports.
- Effectively explain illnesses and procedures to your clients using therapeutic communication.
- Recognize common nursing abbreviations, medications and technical terminology versus lay language.
- Read and comprehend advanced-level nursing articles and write college-level academic summaries.
Pre-requisite: CARE membership
“I think this is an important step to take, before doing any other nursing courses.”
- Intermediate Level Graduate
Workplace Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses: High Intermediate Telephone, Documentation and Intercultural Communication. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to use the best practices of nursing communication to:
- Confidently interact on the telephone in a healthcare setting.
- Accurately and effectively report a client’s change-of-status and receive doctors’ orders over the telephone.
- Document significant assessments, interventions and outcomes clearly, completely and correctly.
- Utilize culturally-appropriate assertive communication techniques to navigate challenging situations with colleagues, clients and clients’ family members.
“If any nurse wants to be confident in the workplace, he/she needs to pass this course.”
- High Intermediate Level Graduate
Workplace Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses: Advanced Communication Strategies for Working/Workplace-Ready IENs. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to use the best practices of nursing communication to:
- Perfect your nurse-client interview techniques.
- Improve upon your reporting, documenting and telephone communication.
- Enhance your therapeutic health teaching skills.
- Communicate assertively and professionally in an intercultural workplace.
- Effectively prepare for and answer behavioural job interview questions.
Pre-requisite: High Intermediate Telephone, Documentation and Intercultural Communication.
“This course is a big help for nurses who want to continue their career in Canada. I am not afraid of communicating with patients or team members now.”
- Advanced Level Graduates
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Regional Manager, West
Cezarita S. Delos Reyes
Education Supports Coordinator