MMBP required pre-requisite:
Orientation to Canadian Health Care System, Culture and Context: Course for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals
The Orientation to the Canadian Health Care System, Culture and Context is designed for internationally educated health professionals who are in the process of becoming licensed in Canada. This 30-hour course will provide learners with a deepened understanding of the Canadian health care system, describe what Canadian patients expect from their health care providers, and discuss how to communciate with patients and caregivers. Participants will have an opportunity to meet other newly arrived health care professionals in a supportive learning environment in either a classroom or online format.
Evidence Required for Exemption from taking the pre-requisite:
You do not have to take Orientation to Canadian Health Care if you:
- Passed a similar course within the last five years that was Canadian in scope, and covered at a minimum: federal and provincial roles in healthcare, roles and collaboration of different healthcare professionals, patient/client expectations, work safety, privacy, and other relevant legislation and expectations. A course transcript direct form your institution is required as evidence.
- Successfully completed a Canadian education program for a regulated health profession in Canada within the last five years. A course transcript direct from your institution is required as evidence
- Worked as a regulated health professional within Canada for at least 8 months of full-time practive, or equivalent part-time work, within the last ten years. A letter from your employer or equivalent, stating dates of employment, full-time or part-time status, profession and role for this employer is required as evidence.
MMBP recommended Pre-requisites if English is not your primary language and has not been your main language of work as a midwife:
English for the Health Sector
Potential MMBP applicants who are working on improving their English lanuage skills are encouraged to take one of the following courses specifically designed for professional communication and English for the health sector.
In British Columbia:
Professional Communication for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHP), Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver BC
This program is designed to assist you as an internationally educated health professional to
- improve your communication for entry into professional practice
- improve your pronunciation
- expand your health and idiomatic vocabulary
- improve your written skill for documentation
- increase your awareness of communication styles
- increase your understanding of culturally expected behaviors of the Canadian health care system
This performance-based course includes
- communication practice (language and behavior) of role-plays: clients, families and health teams
- coaching of role-plays
- filiming of rehearsed and unrehearsed role-plays
- use of standardized patients/actors
- feedback and self-reflection
Participants must have professional qualifications from their country of origin in at least one of the following registered health professions:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Further information about eligibility and program requirements can be found at http//www.kwantlen.ca/aca/els/IEHP.html, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication Skills for Health Professionals (CSHP); Mount Royal University (MRU), Calgary
This interdisciplinary in-class course is being offered in Spring and Fall terms 2012 on the MRU campus. The performance based curriculum includes the University of Toronto "Orientation to Canadian Healthcare System, Culture and Context" course and language assessment through the Institutional CELBAN. Funded seats are available for applicants with Permanent Resident status.
Further information and program brochure is available at the Mount Royal University website: http//www.mtroyal.ca/wcm/groups/public/documents/pdf/cshp_brochure_2011.pdf or via email: email@example.com
English for Nursing - Level I of the Bridge to Canadian Nursing (BCN) Program (Alberta North, in Edmonton and Alberta South, in Calgary sites)
This is a series of four in-class courses offered in one semester to Internationally educated nurses (IENs) at the Mount Royal University in Calgary and Edmonton. To assist MMBP students to enhance their language skills in the health sector and prepare them for the MMBP Intensive I, MMBP students may enroll in Level I BCN courses offered in the fall and winter semesters.
The four courses are offered in-class, 12 hours/week over 14 weeks to internationally educated nurses to improve workplace communication through interactive in-class format. Emphasis is on the enhancement of reading, writing and speaking skills, using nursing and Canadian health sector language. To take these courses, students must have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 6, and be educated outside Canada as a registered nurse. Internationally educated midwives will receive special permission to register in these courses when accepted into the MMBP.
Click here for more information on the Bridge to Canadian Nursing English courses.
English for Health Tutorials - Online
Internationally educated health professionals now have access to an online, independent learning system to strengthen their health-sector English language skills. There are three health-specific tutorials to choose from: English for Nursing, English for Health, and Nursing Picture Dictionary. Demonstration exercises are available on the website.
Go to www.englishforhealth.com to register. Continuous intake.
Fee: $80 + GST for 30-day access, or $175 + GST for 90-day access to each tutorial.
English for Nursing Purposes, Red River College, Winnipeg, MN
This course develops specific language skills for training in the nursing field. This advanced level program will target the vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies that are commonly required in nurse-training programs.
This course is full-time, Monday-Friday, from 9:00-14:50.
There are no tuition costs for landed immigrants (permanent residents, convention refugees and new Canadian citizens.)
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org