English for Healthcare and Nursing – Upper Intermediate

English for Healthcare and Nursing – Upper Intermediate

English for Healthcare and Nursing – Upper Intermediate (CRICOS Code: 102574B)

Why Study English for Healthcare and Nursing?

The program is tailored for students who have completed the Intermediate level English Healthcare and Nursing course or equivalent (the course develops English skills at an upper intermediate level). It focuses on developing the spoken and written communication skills required by healthcare professionals, in situations such as staff-patient interactions, workplace instructions, shift handover meetings and more, by preparing students for the professional language needs of the industry in Australia. Students will focus on nursing topics and professional communication skills relevant to their career path, using high quality materials including Occupational English Test (OET) practice tests.

Preparation Provider: OET Knowlege

Issuer: OET

Key Strengths

Medical Terminology

Target vocabulary specific to healthcare and nursing, including patient admissions, respiratory problems, wound and diabetes care, medications, pre- and post-operative patient assessment. Students practise using useful vocabulary in role plays, online games, quizzes and real-world writing tasks.

Passionate & Experienced Teachers

Our experienced English language teachers and qualified nurses will give you a comprehensive language learning experience, as well as real-world knowledge of the Australian healthcare industry.

Communication Skill

Focus on real workplace communication skills such as admitting and discharging a patient or explaining handovers. Learn workplace jargon and expressions.

Hospital Tour

Optional visits to local hospitals, where students can gain valuable first-hand experience of Australian healthcare facilities.

*Additional fee required.

Medical focus topics including:
  • The heart and explaining how it works
  • The respiratory system
  • Wound bed preparation
  • Explaining hypoglycaemia and diabetes
  • The kidneys and renal failure
  • Intravenous (IV) infusions
  • Australian Healthcare System

Class Hours
  • 20 hours per week
  • 5 hours per day
  • Monday to Thursday

Course Duration & Delivery

Duration: 15 weeks.

New students can commence on any Monday during term, however we suggest starting at the beginning of the term and finishing all 15 weeks, as each week will focus on specific healthcare topics.

Sample Schedule

Entry Requirements

International students must be 18 years old and are required to be able to demonstrate an English level of upper intermediate or have an average IELTS score of at least 5. 5.

Learning Materials

Core Textbook, Workbook, Videos, Authentic Australian learning materials

Learning Activities
  • Speaking practice in class so learners can communicate with improved accuracy, fluency and confidence when dealing with patients and colleagues.
  • Writing tasks with individualised teacher feedback.
  • Regular assessment using OET practice materials with constructive feedback.


This course is an ELICOS approved course listed under CRICOS with Course Code: 102574B.

Name Location Domestic Students International Students
OET-22-1 English for Healthcare and Nursing - Upper Intermediate NORTH SYDNEY