Canadian Culture and Communication for Nurses

The Canadian Culture and Communication for Nurses (CCCN) program was designed to help internationally educated nurses gain the communication and cultural knowledge and skills needed to enter and integrate into the nursing field in Canada. 

Who benefits

Internationally educated nurses or health professionals who are planning to become licensed to practice in Canada or are currently working and want to fine-tune their language skills.

Program delivery

Online - Our programs are designed for busy professionals who also have family, work, and other study commitments, and therefore we offer weekly online lessons and assessment tasks that you can complete at a time that works best with your schedule.

Program Outline

  • Webinars: Free healthcare webinars delivered via video-conference. Includes our Ask a Nurse discussion forum to ask questions and engage with webinar content.

Webinars focus on topics such as patient-centred care, shift-to-shift reports, SBAR, critical thinking skills, taking a patient history, dementia, long term care, and mental health assessment, to name a few. Participants can interact with the presenter and other participants by typing responses and/or using audio/video. Students need a webcam, headset and mic to participate.

*Update (Nov 2020) - Due to issues relating to COVID-19, we have suspended our free webinars until further notice. Our recordings and discussion posts from spring and fall 2020 are available to view.*

  • CCCN Modules: Language, communication, and culture training for internationally educated nurses, offered in 5-week or 10-week blocks.

Our modules focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as strategies to enhance overall communication within a healthcare context. Nursing-related themes include documentation, reporting, history-taking, therapeutic communication, patient-centred care, assertive communication, ethics, and more.

Each week, a new theme is introduced with weekly online lessons, built-in practice activities, and two assessment tasks to submit to your online instructor for personalized feedback. Each module takes approximately 4 hours per week to complete.

As an add-on, you can hire a tutor to practice the concepts in a live video-conference.

  • Pronunciation for Health Professionals: A 12-week program to teach clear and effective communication by highlighting strategies to fine-tune pronunciation, speech patterns, and overall speaking skills.

This program focuses on helping health professionals be more easily understood by patients, their families, and the healthcare team. All content contains medical vocabulary, exercises, and role-play scenarios that are specific to a medical setting. Participants are required to complete online lessons and assessment tasks, and participate in a live online class each week.






Designed for any internationally educated nurse or health professional interested in learning about nursing culture in Canada. Includes a discussion forum where participants can ask our RN questions and engage with other participants.

Free recordings available

10-Week Modules

Module 1 - designed for CLB 6, IELTS 5.5

Module 2 - designed for CLB 7, IELTS 6

$975 each

Add a weekly tutorial: +$450

5-Week Intensive Modules

Intensive 1 - designed for CLB 8+, IELTS 6.5+

Intensive 2 - designed for CLB 8+, IELTS 6.5+

$582 each

Add a weekly tutorial: +$225

Pronunciation for Health Professionals

Designed for any health professional wishing to improve clarity when speaking



To see what past participants say about CCCN, click here.

Tips for Success

Active participation in all aspects of our online courses helps build confidence and language skills that will help you with CELBAN or IELTS, the Clinical Competency Assessment (CCA) and ultimately in your job as a nurse. Through our webinar series, you have access to a practicing registered nurse. By taking our modules, you can take advantage of personalized attention from qualified and experienced instructors who have made language in the context of nursing and healthcare their specialty.


Last modified: Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 11:21 AM