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Professional Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses (PCIEN)

Male Nurses

PCIEN is a performance-based course designed to assist internationally educated nurses improve communication for entry into professional practice; expand health and idiomatic vocabulary; and increase understanding of culturally expected behaviours of the Canadian health care system.

Internationally educated RNs, LPNs or RPNs who meet the eligibility requirements can be registered in this tuition-free 11-week course running 3 evenings per week.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible individuals must be internationally educated nurses who meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Have been a Permanent Resident for 5 years or less
  • Be living in British Columbia
  • Meet minimum language proficiency requirements (see details below)
  • Have proof of occupational certification as an RN, LPN or RPN from country of origin
  • Have a minimum of 1 year work experience in the specified occupation inside or outside of Canada and/or be preparing to apply for licensure.
  • Be able to commit to attend the program Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for 11 weeks.

Course Information

Location KPU Surrey
Length 11 weeks; for 3 hours every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening, plus an additional 8 hours of online homework a week
Start & End Dates September 9 – November 21, 2019
Fees No tuition fees

Minimum Language Proficiency Requirements

  • IELTS Score: 6.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 for Listening, Speaking and Reading, and 5.0 for Writing.
  • iBT TOEFL Score: 79 with a minimum score of 19 for Listening and Speaking, and 18 for Writing.
  • cBT TOEFL Score: 200 including TWE 4 and TSE 40, with minimum Listening Scaled score of 21.
  • CLBPT (Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test): Score within the 6–9 range, with minimum of 7 for Listening and Speaking and 6 for Reading and Writing or an overall average of 6.5.

Check the following sites for CLBPT testing locations:

Contact PCIEN@kpu.ca or 604.599.2321 for more information or to begin the application process.