The Matt Christie Institute of Australia

The Matt Christie Institute of Australia

"striving for academic excellence"

OET Preparation Online

Course Description

The MCIOA Certificate of English for Health Professionals (OET) is designed to improve the four (4) macro skills of reading, writing, listening & speaking with a focus on the Occupational English Test. This course is designed to assist in mastering the skills required for the OET Test, working in an English speaking healthcare setting or those seeking career progression in an English speaking environment. Our certificate course is suitable for the following 12 health & allied health professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology & veterinary science.

MCIOA Accreditation:

The CPD Group accredited the Matt Christie Institute of Australia in November 2017 for its learning activities, events and e-learning courses across various sectors.

Who is the English for Health Professional Certificate suitable for?

· Health professionals needing to develop English skills in a health context

· Those seeking entry to any of the MCIOA short or long courses

· 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 English skills

Course Content:

Subject Code: MHPWC18 Health Professional Writing (OET) 

  • Writing skills
  • Letter writing including: formal & informal letters, patient referral letters, hospital admissions letters, reminder letter to patients, patient discharge letters and more
  • Hand writing skills
  • Linking information
  • Using paragraphs
  • Writing longer sentences
  • Planning to write
  • Organising the task
  • Understand the writing assessment criteria

Subject Code: MHPSC18 Health Professional Speaking (OET)

  • 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 speaking assessment criteria

Subject Code: MHPLC18 Health Professional Listening (OET) 

  • Listening to passages and dialogues
  • Listening for detail
  • Predicting before you listen
  • Listening for gist
  • Hand writing speed
  • Writing in note form
  • Scanning headings and questions
  • Using headings to guide you
  • Looking ahead
  • Planning for listening

Subject Code: MHPRC18 Health Professional Reading (OET)

  • Practice reading skills with reference materials, hospital documents, medical reports, and medical related charts
  • Speed reading & comprehension
  • Reading for specific purposes
  • Understanding the text & being able to answers specific questions relating to the text
  • Reading for information
  • Reading for gist
  • Reading for main ideas
  • Sequence of steps
  • Reading for detail
  • Using context to guess meaning

Subject Code: MHPGC18 General Skills (OET)


  • Word stress
  • Practising word stress
  • Practising tone in clarification questions
  • Practising tone in politeness markers and introductory phrases
  • Changing word stress


  • Specialist health professionals
  • Relating words
  • Words that go together- collocations
  • Understanding and using medical terms
  • Basic word structures
  • Target language


  • Medical terminology
  • Medical roots, suffixes and prefixes 
  • Present perfect tense
  • Simple past tense
  • Present perfect continuous tense
  • Comparisons
  • Revising tenses
  • Conditional sentences

What will I need to study OET Preparation online?

  1. A stable internet connection
  2. Webcam
  3. Access to a scanner
  4. A printer

How will I be assessed?

Reading, writing & listening will be assessed by the teacher, you simply scan in your work & email to [email protected]

Speaking is assessed via Skype at a designated time that you chose

Our Fees:

1 Month: $600

2 Month: $1200

3 Month: $1800

4 Month: $2400

Tuition Inclusions: Lectures and accredited certificate of completion

Admissions, service and materials fee: $200 Student workbooks & handouts

Duration: 1 to 4 months  

Course Delivery Modes:

Students will participate in lectures, tutorials, one on one assessment and mock exams each week

Entry Requirements:

MCIOA diagnostic test or previous English language test results or English language course certificate from an accredited school (ELICOS).

Admissions Dates: