Program Overview


Canadian Culture and Communication for Nurses is a free online program that has a variety of learning options to meet your needs.It is designed to help internationally-educated Nurses gain communication skills and cultural knowledge which are needed to enter and integrate successfully into healthcare in Canada.


There are four modules that are each designed to be completed during a 12 week session, as well as monthly webinars on various health care topics. Students are placed into a module according to their current language proficiency.

  1. Module 1 - Introduction to Canadian Healthcare Communication (CLB/LINC 6, IELTS 5)
  2. Module 2 - Intermediate Canadian Healthcare Communication (CLB/LINC 7, IELTS 6)
  3. Module 3 - Advanced Canadian Healthcare Communication (CLB/LINC 8+, IELTS 7+)
  4. Module 4 - Advanced Canadian Healthcare Communication (CLB/LINC 8+, IELTS 7+)

All NEW students must complete the Prerequisite course before their registration is confirmed.  

2018 - 2019 Session dates

  • April 4 - June 22'2018
  • September 17 - December 7'2018 
  • January 4 - March 22'2019 
  • April 3 - June 21'2019 
  • September 16 - December 6'2019

Purpose of the Program

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.

Content and Themes

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

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

You may be new to online learning, and wonder how this works! Each theme is introduced with 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 5 hrs per week to complete. In the Prerequisite course, you will learn how to submit activities online and connect you with the support you need to get started!

Online Exclusive Stream

This refers to students that choose to register for online lessons and assessment tasks. Students also have the option of participating in weekly online classes. These classes focus on the development of speaking and listening skills with activities such as role-plays, presentations, and discussions.

Blended Stream - Winnipeg Onsite Classes 

This refers to students that choose to register for weekly onsite (face-to-face classes). Weekly onsite classes (face-to-face classes) focus on the development of speaking and listening skills with activities such as role-plays, presentations, and discussions which take place in class. Students who attend onsite classes are called "blended” students, which means they participate in onsite classes and complete weekly online lessons and assignments.  Students who cannot attend blended (onsite) classes don't need to worry, as the weekly ONLINE classes follow a similar lesson plan!  


The CCCN program offers a variety of webinars each session on topics related to healthcare. Webinar topics may include: Aboriginal Cultural Awareness, Knowing Your Rights as a Nurse in Manitoba, Pharmacology, 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 Modules 1,2, 3 or 4. (Webinars are available to IEHPs who are planning on immigrating to Canada as well as IEHPs in Canada.)


Last modified: Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 10:47 AM