BCCNM recognizes a number of nurse practitioner written exams for family, adult and pediatric streams of practice. Please contact Registration Services at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.742.6200 (1.866.880.7101 (toll-free in Canada only) for information on how to apply.
The purpose of the OSCE is to assess the capacity of the applicant to provide health care services to the patient from a holistic nursing perspective. Detailed information about what to expect is available in the OSCE Candidate Guidebook.
OSCE Candidate Guidebook
(Family, Adult, Pediatric)|25 pages|348 KB|
NP (Adult) OSCE Blueprint|7 pages|258 KB|
NP (Family) OSCE Blueprint|8 pages|101 KB|
NP (Pediatric) OSCE Blueprint
|9 pages|270 KB|
Candidates Who Fail the OSCE|11 pages|426 KB|
*Examples of diseases, disorders and conditions commonly managed by an entry-level NP are now an appendix in Applying the Competencies.
You must meet all of the following criteria to pass the exam:
No, you do not have to memorize drug names, dosages and frequencies. You may be given a resource to use, in which case you would be expected to write the prescription in full as you would for a real patient, including drug name, dosage and frequency. If you are not provided with a resource, you do not need to write the specific drug name, dosage and frequency; it is sufficient to indicate the drug classification and appropriate reference guide you would refer to obtain the correct dosage and frequency. In this case, you must be more specific than stating an antibiotic or an analgesic.