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Practical Nursing Program: English Language Proficiency Requirements

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Practical Nursing program English language proficiency requirements

English is the language of instruction and communication at Assiniboine. The Practical Nursing program has specific English language proficiency (ELP) requirements.

Applicants must demonstrate ability in English that will meet the demands of classroom instruction, discussions, and written assignments.

All applicants must provide supporting documentation to show that they meet one of the conditions (either test or waiver) below. Applicants will not be admitted until this requirement has been met. NOTE: No countries are considered ELP exempt for Practical Nursing Admission.

All applicants must meet or exceed the level of English language skills as outlined below.

Test options

1. International Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic version with an overall score of 7.0 and that meet the minimum sub-scores of:

  • Listening: 7.0
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 6.5
  • Speaking: 7.0

2. CELBAN must meet minimum sub-scores of:

  • Listening: 9
  • Reading: 8
  • Writing: 7
  • Speaking: 8

Waiver options

Applicants must provide supporting documentation to show they meet one of the conditions below:

  • Three years of full-time education in English at an English-speaking secondary (high school), including Grade 11 or 12 English (not ESL), or post-secondary (university or college) level in Canada;
  • Graduation from an English-speaking Manitoban or Canadian high school with at least one Senior 4 Core English (not ESL) with a minimum of 70% or Grade 12 English (not ESL) with a minimum of 70%;
  • Graduation from an English-speaking Canadian curriculum high school outside of Canada with at least one Grade 12 English (not ESL) with a minimum grade of 70%;

Assiniboine Community College reserves the right to request additional documentation, which may include the submission of a standardized test of English and/or an official comprehensive report from a recognized Canadian international credential evaluation service.