Language requirements

Applicants who have been awarded an associate degree or two-year diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution where English is the medium of instruction will be deemed to have met the language requirements for most CMTN programs.

All other applicants must demonstrate all four components of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. For more information on language requirements go to Domestic English Language Requirements or Internationally Recognized Language Requirements


Speaking and listening is met using the following criteria:

Programs with practicums

Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through two years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. ESL courses are not included in the two-year calculation.

Non-practicum programs

Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through one-year full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. ESL courses are not included in the one-year calculation.

In the province of British Columbia, there are two resources that applicants can use to see acceptable alternative courses:

The Health Care Assistant program has specific equivalencies outlined by their accrediting bodies. Please check the program pages for more information.