Medical English for Nurses


Our Medical English course is suitable for registered nurses, therapists, technicians, pharmacists and medical students. Used by healthcare professionals in hospitals, governments,  universities and those self-studying all over the world, this course will give you deep technical English learning in a medical environment.

To get the most from this courses you need to ideally be C1 on the CEFR or level C on the CASAS scale. You should be able to understand a range of demanding and longer text and recognise implicit meanings. You’ll need to be able to express yourself fluently without much obvious searching for expression. You can use language flexibly and effective in professional and social situations.

Your Course

By the end of this course on Nursing English you will have acquired the key skills in:

  • Master speaking skills that are specifically linked to working in a medical environment
  • Develop your listening skills as you hear correct pronunciation and context of global medical terms
  • Finesse your reading skills as you read patient notes, technical documents and pharmacy case studies
  • Ensure your writing skills are honed, which will be critical in your key ahead
  • Grammar: Master the rules of grammar that will add structure and sense to all your English communications

Throughout the course you will  cover the following topics

  • Getting around a hospital
  • In the ER, OR and on the surgical ward and at the pharmacy
  •  Different medical procedures and tests
  • Working in a nursing home
  • Critical care, psychiatric care,
  • Public health education

The course includes:

  • 30 hours of on demand e-learning
  • Speech Training app to help refine your pronunciation
  • Vocabulary app to help with specific terminology
  • Three months unlimited access
  • Access from any platform or device anytime


Prior knowledge

This course is for any nursing professional who wants to master their English. A level of C1 on the CEFR or CASAC level C is what you should have achieved in your English studies. As you develop your career, there will be a constant requirement to not only refresh and update existing technical learning but also to develop new skills and ways of thinking and behaving.

Technical Skills

Whether you’re in production, distribution, sales, finance, human resources or management your technical skills will always need to keep up with the latest developments in technology and change. The learning for this will generally come from your peers, industry trends and specialised training.

New skills

However, as you move up in seniority through an organisation, you will be faced with learning a much wider array of skills. You will need to learn how to be a generalist but with the ability to look at the whole of a business and how it all interlocks.

People Skills

Most importantly, you will need to master your own behaviours and character and emotional intelligence in order to influence, inspire and bring people along with your vision. Your career, personal and professional development should never stop, whether you are learning because of a company or professional body requirement or whether you are just wanting to grow.


Module One: Getting Around the Hospital

  • Speaking: Talk about areas of the hospital and medical insurance coverage.
  • Listening: File an insurance claim. Plan welcoming remarks.
  • Reading: A brochure about the hospital. A floor plan. Information about the healthcare system.
  • Writing: Insurance claim form.
  • Grammar: Adjectives. Pronouns. Propositions.
  • Module test

Module Two: At the Medical School

  • Speaking: Discuss a medical condition. Research results. Teen issues. Smoking during pregnancy.
  • Listening: Presenting a case study. A talk on anatomy.
  • Reading: Patient examination notes. Text on basic anatomy. Lecture notes on medical ethics.
  • Writing: Accept an invitation to present a case study at a medical conference. Editing a scientific article.
  • Grammar: Tag Questions. Gerunds. Present Simple. Adverbs. Nouns.
  • Module test

Module Three: In the ER – Medical History

  • Speaking: Discuss a patient’s symptoms and treatment. Talk about a sprained ankle.
  • Listening: Take a medical history. Requesting a patient’s use of medication.
  • Reading: Patient admission reports. ER patient report.
  • Writing: Discharge letter.
  • Grammar: Past Simple. Present Simple. Present Continuous.
  • Module test

Module Four: In the ER – Physical Exam

  • Speaking: Discuss various patient cases, including bronchitis, a mental-state issue and a negative prognosis along with a death. Giving bad news.
  • Listening: Performing a general check-up and mental check-up. Taking a medical history. Examination of an unconscious patient.
  • Reading: A presentation on hospital-patient relations in the ER. A patient report on post-traumatic disorder. A letter of referral, sympathy and to an employer.
  • Writing: Letter of referral. Parts of a speech.
  • Grammar: Modals. Nouns. Future Simple. Present Perfect.
  • Module test

Module Five: On the Surgical Ward

  • Speaking: Describe an OR and equipment. Talk about pre-surgery routines and the sterile field.
  • Listening: A discussion on surgical procedures with a colleague.
  • Reading: A medical supplies catalogue. Text on assisting in an operation. Notes on an inguinal herniorrhaphy and aortic valve surgery.
  • Writing: Surgical report.
  • Grammar: Prepositions. Reported Speech. Passive. Possessive Forms.
  • Module test

Module Six: Procedures and Tests

  • Speaking: Discuss an endoscopy, MRI, problems during tests and taking a blood sample.
  • Listening: Collecting patient specimens. Making a patient feel comfortable about a CT scan. An MRI procedure. Patient test results. A thermography procedure and x-ray procedure.
  • Reading: A letter from the cardiology department. A patient diary. Student notes on blood tests. A chest x-ray and CT scan.
  • Writing: Notice of an apoopintment.
  • Grammar: Future Be. Adjectives. Adverbs. Conditionals.
  • Module test

Module Seven: At the Pharmacy

  • Speaking: Medicating an adult patient. OTC remedies and prescriptions. Explain the characteristic of various medicines.
  • Listening: Double checking a prescription. Reading and writing a prescription. Recommending medicines.
  • Reading: Examples of giving prescriptions. A medication package insert. Pharmaceutical abbreviations.
  • Writing: Letter to a drug company.
  • Grammar: Pronouns. Imperatives. Nouns. Infinitives.
  • Module test

Module Eight: LPN in a Nursing Home

  • Speaking: Ask about a patient’s use of medication. Communicate with a resident’s family. Negotiate with a non-compliant patient. Talk about patient care and their mental state.
  • Listening: Talking about a patient’s care, day and mental state. Welcoming a new resident. Change of shift report. Scheduling information on a new resident.
  • Reading: Non-compliant patients. Patient care checklist. Resident report by an IPN.
  • Writing: Nursing care report.
  • Grammar: Past Simple. Possessive Forms. Adjectives. Determiners.
  • Module test

Module Nine: Nurse Practitioner or PA

  • Speaking: Ask about a patient’s medical conditions and personal details. Discuss high blood pressure along with symptoms and treatments. Talk about medical conditions and immunization.
  • Listening: Counselling a patient from a chronic disease. Dealing with an injury.
  • Reading: Electronic patient record. Lifestyle and its effect on health. Healthier travelling.
  • Writing: Request for information.
  • Grammar: Adverbs. Nouns. Adjectives. Present Continuous.
  • Module test

Module Ten: Nurse / Midwife

  • Speaking: Advise about pregnancy problems including amniocentesis with a colleague, nutrition, postpartum, post-surgery care, physical changes and labour.
  • Listening: Examining a newborn A pregnant patient who has symptoms to be reported to a doctor immediately. Dealing with morning sickness, episiotomy and pre-delivery procedures.
  • Reading: Family birthing. Childbirth preparation checklist. FAQs on midwifery.
  • Writing: Letter of recommendation.
  • Grammar: Present Perfect. Nouns.
  • Module test

Module Eleven: OR Nurse

  • Speaking: Asking about pre-surgery questions. Discussing anaesthesia and a surgical procedure. Setting up an OR with a patient in the recovery room.
  • Listening: Deal with a patient in respiratory distress.
  • Reading: Pre-op care. Recovery room report. Notes on an operation.
  • Writing: Ordering OR supplies and equipment. Medical prefixes.
  • Grammar: Modals and semi-modals. Present Simple. Adverbs. Past Continuous. Past Perfect.
  • Module test

Module Twelve: Public Health – Nurse Education

  • Speaking: Talk with a class about alcohol, drugs and childproofing a home. Discuss a suicide risk with various people.
  • Listening: Enquire about a pupil’s health issue. Talking about home safety, infectious diseases and TB.
  • Reading: Information on suicide. A referral letter from a school to a psychologist. Information on teenage drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Writing: A letter scheduling a lecture.
  • Grammar: Infinitives. Ponouns. Conditionals.
  • Module test

Module Thirteen: Public Health – Nurse Clinical

  • Speaking: Discussing a special needs child. Discussing tests with a patient. Talking about suspected child abuse. A patient about HIT and AIDS testing. An expectant more about coping with childbirth.
  • Listening: Explaining treatment of disease to a patient. Communicable diseases. Talking to a parent about a child with systic fibrosis.
  • Reading: Patient report on a pregnant patient. Letter to employees about medical testing. A letter expressing concerns over possible child abuse.
  • Writing: Notice of a policy change.
  • Grammar: Nouns. Prepositions. Review of Tenses.
  • Module test

Module Fourteen: Psychiatric Nurse

  • Speaking: Welcoming a new patient and their family. Negotiate with a non-compliant patient.
  • Listening: Patient’s use of medication. New patient information. Take a medical history.
  • Reading: A patient report about a psychiatric patient. Referral letter for urgent psychiatric assessment.
  • Writing: Invitation to attend a primary care meeting.
  • Grammar: Review of Tenses. Stative Verbs.
  • Module test

Module Fifteen: Critical Care Nurse

  • Speaking: Talk about a tracheostomy. Discuss an ethical decision and principles regarding a terminally ill patient.
  • Listening: Deal with cardiac arrest. Insertion of a nasogastric tube into a patient. Review CPR guidelines. Take a medical history.
  • Reading: Patient transfers to the telemetry unit. General nursing requirements. Notes on post-operative tracheostomy care.
  • Writing: Letter of condolence.
  • Grammar: Future Present. Adverbs. Comparisons.
  • Module test

How can we help?

Are you an organisation, institution or tutor looking for a comprehensive learning solution for you and your teams and students? We have a portfolio of general and specialised English language and business short courses that are available online and on-demand as well as for a blended solution in the classroom environment or delivered via live webinar based tuition.

These ready to go courses cover all key areas of adult professional English language learning as well as a catalog of short courses covering finance & operations, sales & marketing, human resources to administration and management. As well as hard skills that range from elementary to advanced, there is an array of people and soft skill development.

Our e-learning is comprehensive, up to date and produced by a high quality learning and editorial team. It combines the latest in business thinking with the latest in learning technology. Learning can be delivered wholly online through self-study, with virtual tutor support or in a group & classroom environment by our qualified trainers.

  • All online learning is tracked and courses can be used as part of a personal development plan
  • Learners can study out of hours or in breaks with bite-size learning
  • Get management reports on learner progress
  • Cost efficiently solve any training, compliance, insurance, regulatory or union requirements
  • Choose and pay for only the courses you need or look at our library models for even greater value
  • No lock-in contracts – pay monthly or get a highly competitive price for annual and multi-year commitments
  • No big installations necessary – a simple web browser is all that’s needed to get started
  • New courses being added all the time

If you want to know more, get in touch with Connor, Marius, Stephen or Adam  for more information.

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