Program Overview

We have delivered programming to Internationally Educated Nurses since 2003! If you are looking for a program to help you not only gain the communication skills you need to pass CELBAN, but a program that will help you prepare for working in healthcare in Canada, this is the program for you.   Yes, all 6 week & 12 week programs help you prepare for CELBAN, but students continually return to study with us even AFTER they have passed CELBAN because they find our programs helpful in preparing them for the next steps in the licensure pathway.  We also offer IEN Navigator Services to help our students understand Nursing licensure requirements such as NNAS & Nursing regulator requirements.

Purpose of the Healthcare Communication Modules

The Canadian Culture and Communication for Nurses (CCCN) is a program designed to help Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) gain communication and cultural knowledge/skills, which will help IENs enter and integrate into the Nursing field in Canada. We offer 12 week programs to those with language levels of CLB/LINC 6-7 (IELTS - 4-5) and 6 week programs to those with language levels of CLB/LINC 8+ (IELTS 6+).

Content and Themes

During the program, you will practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as important strategies that enhance effective communication in the context of Healthcare.

You will also learn about Canadian culture. Throughout the program, language skills are developed in the context of nursing-related themes such as documentation, reporting, history-taking, therapeutic communication, patient-centered care, assertive communication,ethics, etc.

Online Learning

Our programs are designed for busy professionals like you. We know you have family, work, and other study commitments so we have weekly online lessons and assessments that you can complete at a time that works best with your schedule. Speaking and listening skills will be the focus at our weekly (live) online classes that are 1.5 hours in length. To get the most out of our program, we recommend that you try to attend the online class as it will help you improve your speaking skills. We know that sometimes that won't be possible, so all weekly classes in the 6 & 12 week programs are recorded!

You may be new to online learning, and wonder how this works! Each theme is introduced with weekly online lessons and practice activities. Every week you will complete online lessons/activities and an assessment task, which you will submit to your online instructor for feedback.  For most students this takes 3-5 hrs per week to complete. We recommend scheduling in study time to maximize success.

Weekly online speaking (CELBAN PREP) classes: Every week you can attend a 1.5 hr online speaking class.  The main objective of these classes is to get students talking. In these classes we include activites that help you develop skills needed in the CELBAN and Nursing workplace. We follow the theme that is introduced in the weekly lessons. 

We expect all students to participate actively in their online courses. 

In the CCCN Prerequisite course, you will learn how to submit activities online and connect you with the support you need to get started!

Healthcare Webinars

The CCCN program offers a variety of webinars each session on topics related to healthcare. Webinar topics may include: CELBAN Prep, Indigenous Cultural Awareness, Taking a patient history, Nursing Career Paths, Long-Term Care, Dementia, Effective Reporting, Assertive Communication, Nursing Ethics & Standardized Patient (OSCE) Workshops.

These webinars are supplementary and also open to Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) who are not registered in our 6/12 week sessions. 

Note: If you have already filled out a registration form with us in the past, do not fill out another one. If you would like to request registration in a certain module/webinar, please contact Kristina Kiciuk: 

2019 - 2020  Session dates

12 week programs:

  • January 7 - March 22'2019 

  • April 1 - June 21'2019 

  • September 16 - December 6'2019

  • January 6 - March 20'19

6 week programs: 

  • April 1 - May 10'2019

  • May 13 - June 21'2019 

  • September 16 - October 25'2019

  • October 28 - December 6'2019

  • January 6 - February 14'2020

  • February 18 - March 27'2020



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