Education is the foundation of safe and ethical nursing practice. BCCNM reviews and recognizes midwifery and nursing education programs in B.C. to ensure they meet the education standards and indicators approved by the board and prepares graduates to meet the entry-level competencies and achieve the requirements to proceed with registration.
Each midwifery and nursing designation has a set of board-approved education standards and indicators. These are the minimum requirements that programs must meet for recognition:
Recognized education programs undergo regular review by BCCNM based upon their recognition length. If your program is due for review, please follow the steps below. If you have questions, contact Education Program Review at
Please note: Each program is reviewed and recognized as an individual entity. If your education institution has multiple programs or campuses undergoing review at the same time, you can discuss the option of submitting a combined report with Education Program Review staff.
Approximately six months before program recognition end date, programs submit their report to BCCNM.
Your education program needs to provide evidence that it is meeting the education standards and indicators for the midwifery or nursing designation it offers. This evidence is delivered in the form of a self-evaluation report. The self-evaluation report must be completed on a BCCNM template and be formatted in line with the designation-specific guidelines.
A site visit may be required as part of the review. Education Program Review staff will contact you to discuss the need for a site visit.
Education Program Review Committee reviews the evidence collected and meets to decide upon and provide a recommendation to the BCCNM board. The maximum recognition length a program can receive depends on the designation your program is offering:
Once the board provides a recognition decision, BCCNM sends your education program an official recognition letter and report for the program, with information on the findings of the review, including information such as the recognition length, any terms or conditions of recognition, and any feedback on the evidence that the program submitted.
An education program proposing substantial changes to a BCCNM-recognized program must notify BCCNM in writing. Board approval is required before implementing the substantial change.
A substantial change includes a change to one of the following:
How the curriculum addresses the competencies and the BCCNM standards of practice, including changes in the nature and extent of learning opportunities in the curriculum.
Learning resources and infrastructure to support student achievement of the competencies and the BCCNM standards of practice, including laboratory, simulation of faculty resources, and program learning experiences with clients.
Expectations about overall student academic performance, including evaluation of student practice and policies about safe student performance.
Campus location including moving the campus within or outside of the current municipality.
Development of a partnership to offer the program collaboratively with another education program.
A change (increase or decrease) in the number of students beyond 10 per cent of what BCCNM has currently recognized for a program.
Changes to admission requirements or program completion requirements.
Any other significant change that will or may impact the ability of the students to achieve the requirements to proceed in the registration process with BCCNM following graduation from the program.
If your program is undertaking a significant change or you're not sure the change counts as substantial, please complete a
Substantial Change Consultation Form and send it to
Education Program Review staff will review your consultation form and determine next steps. If this change is not considered a substantial change, BCCNM will send written confirmation that this is not a substantial change and that no further information is required.
If the proposed change is substantial, Education Program Review staff will provide a template for a Notice of Intent (NOI) for substantial change. Depending on the type of change you are proposing, you'll be asked to provide information such as:
An education program proposing to offer a new education program must obtain BCCNM board recognition of the program prior to admitting students. Please note: Program recognition for a new program takes a minimum of one year.
Before your education program applies to BCCNM for recognition of a new program, you should ensure you are aware of all external approval processes. These include but are not limited to the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) and the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB).
We strongly recommend reviewing the following key documents for the relevant profession. You will be expected to demonstrate how your institution's new program will meet these requirements. If after reviewing these documents you still have questions, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a consultation.
Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Nurse practitioner (NP)
Registered midwife (RM)
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered psychiatric nurse (RPN)
Once you have reviewed and are familiar with the relevant documents, you may be ready to complete and submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for a new education program. To request an NOI template, please email
In most cases, once the NOI is reviewed, programs are instructed to submit a self-evaluation report.
BCCNM Education Program Review periodically sends updates to educators that include college news and initiatives that may impact education programs. If your education institution is not receiving these regular updates please email