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Becoming a nurse

Learn about what nursing means in British Columbia and how to become a nurse.

​​IMPORTANT — New BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM)

As of Sept. 1, 2020, the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) and the College o​f Midwives of BC (CMBC) amalgamated to become the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). The new BCCNM website is under construction and will be launched in late Fall 2020. In the interim, visitors can still retrieve information about nursing regulation from the BCCNP website or midwifery regulation from the CMBC website. Although the content on both websites may refer to BCCNP or CMBC respectively, it is the most current information on nursing and midwifery regulation. We appreciate your patience while we work towards launching the new BCCNM website and updating all our documents to reflect our new BCCNM name and brand.​​

COVID-19: Info for nursing students & educ​ators​ 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve, BCCNP is aware of and monitoring the impact on nursing education programs, faculty and students, and we want to extend​ our help as needed. Learn more​»​​​​​​​​​

 What BCCNP does

BCCNP's purpose is to protect the public by effectively regulating licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses.

Requisite nursing skills & abilities

To practise as a licensed practical nurse, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, or registered psychiatric nurse in B.C., individuals must meet specific requirements respective to their nursing designation.

Requisite skills and abilities

Entry-level competencies

Each type of nurse has minimum accepted educational requirements based on the entry-level competencies.

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Program review polices & guidelines

The BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) reviews nursing education programs/courses.

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Study to be a nurse

BCCNP recognizes numerous institutions with degree and diploma nursing programs in the province.

Recognized nursing programs

Types of nurses in B.C.

There are different types of nurses in B.C. Each category of nurse brings specialized knowledge and skills to health care teams and workplaces. Although there are many types of nurses, BCCNP regulates all nursing professionals in the province.

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