Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) is an assessment tool designed to assess the English language proficiency of internationally-educated nurses who are applying for licensure in the nursing profession in Canada.
CELBAN has been recognized by all the nursing licensing bodies across Canada.
Who the Program is for
If you completed your nursing education in another country and you speak English as a second language, you will want to take the CELBAN Test Prep course at OMNI College. CELBAN has been endorsed by most RN, RPN and all LPN licensing bodies across Canada as an acceptable option to demonstrate your level of English language proficiency for licensure. CELBAN will evaluate your proficiency level in all four skill areas (speaking, listening, writing and reading).
The CELBAN Test Preparation course at OMNI College is designed to improve the student’s English Language competency in order to prepare them to practice nursing in Canada. This course also helps Internationally-Educated Nurses prepare to write the CELBAN™ Test.
Unlike other CELBAN Test Preparation courses offered elsewhere that may be only 1 – 2 days per week, spread out over many weeks, OMNI’s course is highly intensive and runs Monday through Friday every day. We found that after years of offering CELBAN Test Preparation to IENs, this intensive and daily class delivery model was what maximized the students’ chances for success.
Our instructors bring a wealth of education and experience into the classroom. Our instructional staff and supervisors are regarded as the most valuable assets to the College as they are ultimately responsible for the quality of education of our students, leading them through proven test preparation exercises and yet providing an individual approach to maximize each student’s potential.
Students will participate in a variety of exercises to deepen their understanding of English and related medical vocabulary to reinforce the skills covered in daily lessons.
Emphasis will be on daily intensive practice that will give students personalized help in identifying their strengths and weaknesses and in improving their English language proficiency and confidence level needed to practice as a nurse in a Canadian health care environment.
Students will be given practice tests developed by OMNI College that were designed to simulate real exam conditions, and be provided with competency scores based on exam criteria, along with personalized comments to guide them in improving competency level.
Students will participate in one-on-one interviews with an instructor, which simulates the actual exam situation. Each student will be provided with a detailed written assessment of strengths and weaknesses including suggestions on how to improve.
In order to enroll in OMNI’s CELBAN™ Test Prep course you must have:
- Minimum IELTS 6.5 overall (min Speaking 6.0 and Writing 5.5), or equivalent
- Pass an interview with OMNI Admissions
Program Length & Schedule
2 – 4 weeks, intensive full time* Day time or evening classes may be available – please call for details
*length depends on current English level, prior learning assessment may be required
* Note: successful completion of this course does not guarantee a passing grade on the CELBAN test.
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