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How to apply

Applications for initial nurse practitioner registration in British Columbia

​​Initial applications

The application process you follow is determined by where you received your nursing education. Note: These applications are for first-time applicants only. If you have previously held nurse practitioner (NP) registration in British Columbia, learn how to reinstate your registration.

B.C. graduates

Apply as a B.C. graduate if you are graduating from a BCCNM-recognized nurse practitioner program in British Columbia.  In order to apply to sit the written and clinical registration exams you must submit an application for NP registration.

NPs educated outside of B.C.

Apply as an NP educated outside of B.C. if you completed an NP program out of the province. You may be required to undergo a competence assessment process. All applicants must complete the written and clinical exams

Other applications

Certified practice 

To apply for a certified practice designation, applicants must already hold practising registered nurse (RN) or NP registration in British Columbia.

Temporary emergency registration

Temporary emergency registration enables former registrants and other qualified individuals to register quickly on a short-term basis to assist with emergency health care response in B.C. BCCNM is currently granting temporary emergency registration to assist with COVID-19 pandemic efforts. 

Registration resources

​Complex applications and Registration Committee

Some applications are complex and require review and decision by the Registration Committee.