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MCIOA English for Health Professionals Certificate                                                                                                                         Course Code: MCOET05-MCOET20

This course is designed to improve the four (4) macro skills of reading, writing, listening & speaking for the Occupational English Test.

Who is the program for?

12 health & allied health professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology & veterinary science.

The OET test is currently used by the governing bodies of the professions at state & national level in Australia, New Zealand & Singapore. Each board or council determines the result required from candidates to meet the language competency standards required in order to function in their profession.

For whom is the Certificate suitable?

  • Health professionals seeking registration in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore
  • Health professionals needing to develop English skills
  • Those seeking entry to any of the MCIOA OET short courses
  • Those seeking entry to the MCIOA Diploma of English for Health Professionals
  • Those that are seeking entry to an Australian university for further study after taking the OET Exam
  • Those that are preparing for the Occupational English Test
  • Health professionals seeking career progression
  • Those who work in an English speaking environment & need to further develop their skills

OET Preparation Course Content:

OET Writing

-Writing Skills

-Letter writing including but not limited to: formal & informal letters, patient referral letters, hospital admissions letters, reminder letter to patients, patient discharge letters etc.

-Hand writing skills

-Planning to write

-Organising the task

-Understand the assessment criteria

OET Speaking

-Clinical setting

-Public and private hospital settings

-Effectively communicate

-Different medical situations

-Medical related scenarios

-Dialogues related to various medical settings

-Speaking using tone, diction, fluency, accuracy & volume, which covers typical patient scenarios in Australia

-Pronunciation & appropriate language for when dealing with people in all contexts e.g. hospital settings & private clinics

-Functional language, taking patient histories, giving explanations, giving advice, aggression conversation & giving re-assurances

-Dealing with children, teenagers, adults & older Australians

-Understand the assessment criteria

OET Listening

-Listening to passages and dialogues

-Listening for detail

-Hand writing speed

-Writing in note form

-Scanning headings and questions

-Using headings to guide you

-Looking ahead

-Planning for listening

OET Reading

-Practice reading skills with reference materials, hospital documents, medical reports, and medical related charts

-Speed reading & comprehension for all components of the OET test

-Reading for specific purposes

-Understanding the text & being able to answers specific questions relating to the text

OET General Skills

-Vocabulary Skills

-English grammar in oral and written communication

-Target language

-Medical terms and their meanings


-Medical roots, suffixes and prefixes 

-Medical related tests, charts and templates

-Medical terminology

-Australian health care sector – understanding


The program is taught by experienced English Teachers from Australia with a solid knowledge of the OET Exam.

Inclusions: course materials, lectures & handouts

Duration: 5 Weeks / 10 Weeks / 15 Weeks / 20 Weeks

Course Delivery Modes:

Students will participate in lectures, tutorials& self-paced assessments

Assessment Methods:

Presenting Tasks

Forming Tasks

Responding Tasks

  • Oral assessments
  • Presentations
  • Debates
  • Discussions
  • Written assessments
  • Letters
  • Book reviews
  • Journal reviews
  • Answering questions
  • Short answer responses
  • Multiple choice
  • True & False
  • Listening responding to questions using CDs DVDs & Podcasts

Entry Requirements:

MCIOA diagnostic test

Student fees and Time tables


South Melbourne Campus

MCIOA Main Campus

Ground Floor

234 Albert Road 

South Melbourne 3205

Victoria, Australia 


Footscray Campus

MCIOA West Campus

C/o Dizon & Associates

R3/62 Nicholson St,

Footscray 3011 (enter via Dennis Street) 

Intake / Admissions:

Intake for the Certificate of English for Health Professionals is every Monday

 “I'm very grateful, for all the great job you have done in my preparation for exam. You are the best, Matt. I feel much more, than I can say in English, for now. Thanks a lot from me and all my family.”