Introduction to Professional Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses (PCIEN)

Male Nurses

PCIEN offerings!

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.

The approach includes:

  • Communication practice (language and behaviour) of role-plays: clients, families and health teams
  • Coaching of role-plays
  • Filming of rehearsed and unrehearsed role-plays
  • Use of standardized patients/actors
  • Feedback and self-reflection

Who is eligible?

  • Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee 
  • Occupational certification as an RN, LPN or RPN from source country 
  • Meet language requirements (IELTS 6 or CLBPT 6.5, Duolingo 95, or equivalent)
  • Ability to commit to the full program over 13 weeks

Individuals who do not meet all the requirements may be considered with permission of instructor.

Internationally educated RNs, LPNs or RPNs who meet the eligibility requirements can be registered in this tuition-free 13-week course running 2 evenings per week. 

LocationKPU Surrey
Orientation WeekTBA
Start & End DatesTBA
 classesTuesday and Thursday (in person) 6:30-9:20 pm ; plus online asynchronous modules

If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact KPU at or by telephone at 604-599-2321.