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Registration for international nurses

All internationally-educated nurses (IEN) applicants must meet the mandatory requirements to be eligible for registration.

Can you apply?

To start a BCCNP application, you must firs​t apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NN​AS).

After the NNAS reviews your application, you'll need the following to apply to BCCNP:

  1. NNAS registration number AND an NNAS application number
  2. An NNAS advisory report
  3. Your payment information


  1. All applicants must meet BCCNP's English requirements.
    If you have completed the NNAS process, you may still need to provide us with English fluency test results.
    English fluenc​y fact sheet (PDF) 
  2. Most internationally-educated nurses are directed to the Nursing Competency Assessment Service (NCAS) which measures an applicant's entry-level competencies as compared to a new Canadian graduate. All applicants must demonstrate entry-level competencies, including those who have engaged in specialized practice.
    Please note: BCCNP is not currently referring applicants to NCAS, as they have temporarily cancelled all assessments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once NCAS resumes testing, we will refer you; NCAS will contact you directly when assessments are available. For updates, please visit

You're ready to apply

If you have met all three of the above application requirements, you're ready to apply for BCCNP registration. 

Please allow 3–5 days after you receive your NNAS report before applying for registration.

Choose one option:

We will send you a confirmation email after you successfully submit your BCCNP application and payment.​​

 Delays & complex applications

Please have all the necessary documents and information on hand before beginning the registration process.

Complex applications take longer to review and process.

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All applicants—including B.C. graduates—who apply for initial RN registration must complete the jurisprudence learning module. Learn more»

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