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Professional Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses (PCIEN)

Male Nurses

Internationally educated RNs, LPNs or RPNs who meet the eligibility requirements can be registered in this tuition-free 11-week course running Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 9:20 pm.

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 your source country
  • 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; 3 evenings per week for 3 hours per evening plus 6 hours per week online work
Start & End Dates Monday, January 20, to Thursday, April 16 with no class from March 16 to March 27 for spring break
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.
  • CLB or CLBPT (Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test): Score of 7 or above in all skill areas.
  • CELBAN: Minimum of 7 for speaking, 8 for listening, 7 for reading and 6 for writing.

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.