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Study to be a nurse


​​​To practise as a licensed practical nurse, nurse prac​​titioner, registered nurse, or registered psychiatric nurse in B.C.​, individuals must meet specific requirements respective to their nursing designation.​
Licensed practical nurse (LPN)

Generic

These programs prepare students to become licensed practical nurses.

Access

These programs prepare health care assistants to become licensed practical nurses.

Program Type Educational Institution Campus
Generic & Access Canadian Health Care Academy Surrey
Generic & Access College of the Rockies Cranbrook
Generic & Access Discovery Community College Campbell River, Nanaimo
Generic & Access Sprott Shaw College Kamloops, Kelowna, New Westminster, Penticton, Downtown Vancouver, East Vancouver
Generic & Access Vancouver Community College Vancouver (Broadway)
Generic Camosun College Victoria
Generic CDI College Richmond, Surrey
Generic College of New Caledonia Burns Lake, Prince George
Generic North Island College Campbell River, Port Alberni
Generic Northern Lights College Dawson Creek
Generic Okanagan College Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Vernon
Generic Sprott Shaw College Abbotsford, Surrey, Victoria
Generic Stenberg College Surrey
Generic Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake
Generic University of the Fraser Valley Chilliwack
Generic Vancouver Career College Abbotsford, Burnaby, Kelowna
Generic Vancouver Island University Cowichan, Nanaimo
Access Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Merritt
Access Coast Mountain College Terrace
Nurse and registered nurse re-entry to practice (RN)

BCCNP reviews and recognizes B.C. nursing education programs and courses required for initial RN or NP registration. The college also reviews and recognizes re-entry to practice nursing programs.

After students graduate from a recognized B.C. nursing education program, they can​ apply for BCCNP registration.

Applicants must meet entry-level competencies and BCCNP's standards of practice for registered nurses and nurse practitioners to practise as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner in B.C.

Please note: If you complete your nursing program outside of Canada, you will need to apply for registration as an internationally educated nurse.

The following programs are recognized by BCCNP

British Columbia Institute of Technology
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Camosun College with University of Victoria
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

College of New Caledonia with University of Northern British Columbia
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

College of the Rockies with University of Victoria
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Douglas College
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program
Registered Nurse Re-entry Program
Registered Nurse Re-Entry for Internationally Educated Nurses

Langara College
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program
Registered Nurse Re-entry Program for Internationally Educated Nurses

North Island College with Vancouver Island University
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Northwest Community College with University of Northern British Columbia
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Okanagan College with University of British Columbia
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Selkirk College with University of Victoria
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Thompson Rivers University
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning
Registered Nurse Re-entry Program

Trinity Western University
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

University of British Columbia
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

University of British Columbia-Okanagan
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

University of Northern British Columbia with College of New Caledonia
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

University of Northern British Columbia with Northwest Community College
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

University of the Fraser Valley
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

University of Victoria with Camosun College
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

University of Victoria with College of the Rockies
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

University of Victoria with Selkirk College
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Vancouver Community College
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Vancouver Island University
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Vancouver Island University with North Island College
Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program

Nurse with certified practice (RN-C)

Reproductive Health (STI)

Contraceptive Management​

RN First Call

Remote Nursing Practice

Nurse practitioner programs (NP)

Applicants must meet entry-level competencies and BCCNP's standards of practice for registered nurses and nurse practitioners to practise as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner in B.C.

Please note: If you complete ​​your nursing program outside of Canada, you will need to apply for registration as an internationally educated nurse.

Psychiatric nursing programs and RPN refresher programs

BCCNP reviews and recognizes B.C. psychiatric nursing education programs and courses required for initial RPN registration. The college also reviews and recognizes re-entry to practice nursing programs.

After students graduate from a recognized B.C. psychiatric nursing education program, they can apply for registration.

Please note: If you complete your psychiatric nursing program outside of Canada, you will need to apply for registration as an internationally educated nurse.

The following RPN programs are recognized by BCCNP

Douglas College

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

  • Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Program
    Kwantlen also offers a degree completion program for RPNs with diplomas, wishing to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. This is an academic credential only, and is not recognized as meeting the education requirements for registration.

Stenberg College

Canada

Psychiatric nursing education programs are currently offered in three other Canadian provinces: Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Graduates of approved psychiatric nursing programs in these other provinces may apply for registration with BCCNP.​​

Bursaries & scholarships​​

BCCNP doesn't offer a bursary/scholarship program. Check your education institution or contact the Registered Nurses Foundation (RNF) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Foundation​ (RPNF).​​​​