English Language Requirement

All health care workers (native and non-native U.S. English speakers) are expected to use clear communication skills. Students whose native language is not U.S. English are expected to demonstrate "near-native" U.S. English language abilities.

All students submitting an application for NUR classes (as of January 31, 2019) must complete an English Language Requirement form to verify that they meet the English language requirement. The form is attached to the Nursing clinical application. 

On the form, students must check the ONE that applies:

  1. My first language is U.S. English, and I have only attended and graduated from a U.S. high school.
  2. My first language is NOT U.S. English, but I have only attended and graduated from a U.S. high school.
  3. I completed high school in one of the following countries: Canada (except Quebec), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or the U.S. Territories of Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is not eligible for exemption
  4. I have graduated from an AAS degree in an Allied Health Science program at a US college
  5. I have graduated from a 4-year US college or university
  6. My first language is NOT U.S. English, and I have attended high school outside the United States.

If you check number 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 no other action is required.

If you check number 6, you must meet the English Language Requirement by taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), iBT version.

As a reminder, the GED, adult high school diploma, and/or an online high school from any country does not meet the English Language proficiency requirement

You should take the TOEFL iBT as soon as you feel confident about your English language proficiency. To be considered for admission, you must meet the following scoring requirements before you submit a Nursing clinical application:  

  • Speaking Score: 24
  • Reading Score: 19
  • Listening Score: 19
  • Writing Score: 19

Students who do not meet the required scores cannot submit the Nursing clinical application. The Nursing department has found that students who meet the required test scores are more successful in the Nursing program.

You can learn more about the TOEFL iBT, including testing dates, at www.toefl.com.
Note that the test is not administered on the Wake Tech campus.

Additional resources for improving English language skills:

The resources below may assist you in polishing your English language skills: