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Study to be a nurse


BCCNM reviews and recognizes B.C. nursing education programs and courses required for initial registration as an LPN, RN, NP, and RPN. The college also reviews and recognizes re-entry to practice registered nursing programs. 

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

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

​​​​Licensed practical nurse (LPN)

Generic ​​programs prepare students to become licensed practical nurses.

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

Educat​ional Institution Campus Program Type
Camosun College​​ Victoria Generic
CDI College Richmond Generic
CDI College
Surrey Generic
Coast Mountain College Terrace Access
College of New Caledonia Prince George Generic
College of the Rockies Cranbrook Generic
Discovery Community College
Campbell River Generic & Access
Discovery Community College Nanaimo Generic & Access
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Merritt Access
North Island College Campbell River Generic
North Island College
​Comox
​Generic 
​North Island College
​Courtenay​ 
​Access 
North Island College Port Alberni Generic
​Northern Lights College​
​Dawson Creek​
Generic & ​Access
Okanagan College
Kelowna Generic & Access
Okanagan College Penticton
Generic & Access
Okanagan College Salmon Arm Generic & Access
Okanagan College Vernon Generic & Access
Selkirk College
​Trail
​Generic
Sprott Shaw College Abbotsford Generic
Sprott Shaw College Downtown Vancouver Generic & Access
Sprott Shaw College East Vancouver Generic & Access
Sprott Shaw College Kamloops Generic & Access
Sprott Shaw College Kelowna Generic & Access
Sprott Shaw College New Westminster Generic & Access
Sprott Shaw College Penticton Generic & Access
Sprott Shaw College Surrey Generic
Sprott Shaw College Victoria
Generic
Stenberg College Surrey Generic
Thompson Rivers University
Williams Lake
Generic
University of the Fraser Valley Chilliwack
Generic
Vancouver Career College Abbotsford
Generic
Vancouver Career College Burnaby
Generic
Vancouver Community College Vancouver (Broadway)
Generic & Access
Vancouver Island University Cowichan
Generic
​​Vancouver Island University​​
​Nanaimo
​Generic & Access
Nurse and registered nurse re-entry to practice (RN)​
Educat​ional Institution Pr​ogram Type
British Columbia Institute of Technology​​​​ Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program
​​Camosun College with University of Victoria
​Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program
Coast Mountain College with University of Northern British Columbia
​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
  • Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program – Second Degree
  • 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​
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 in Fort St. John
​Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program
​University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George*​
​Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program
University of Northern British Columbia with College of New Caledonia
​Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program
University of Northern British Columbia with Coast Mountain 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

*The BCC​NM Board has approved recognition of this education program. This program is still within public posting period for bylaw changes. For further information, see Bylaws​​.

​Nurse practitioner programs (NP)
​Educat​ional Instituti​on
Pr​ogram Type
Thompson Rivers University​
Nurse Practitioner (Family) Master’s Program
​​​University of British Columbia
Nurse Practitioner (Family) Master’s Program
University of Northern British Columbia
Nurse Practitioner (Family) Master’s Program
University of Victoria
Nurse Practitioner (Family) Master’s Program

Psychiatric nursing programs and RPN refresher programs
​Educat​ional Instituti​on
Pr​ogram Type
Douglas College​​
Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing

​​​Douglas College​​​
Psychiatric Nursing Refresher Certificate
This program is for previously-registered RPNs wishing to re-register as a practising registrant with BCCNM, but do not meet the continuing competence requirements.
​Kwantlen Polytechnic University
​Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Program
​Stenberg College
​Regional Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing
This program offers the opportunity to earn a diploma in psychiatric nursing outside Metro Vancouver.

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Certified practice​​

Nurses with the BCCNM certified practice designation have completed additional education, have specialized knowledge and skills, and are registered to practice in one or more certified practice areas​.

Nurse with ce​rtifie​d practice (RN-C)
​EDUCAT​IONAL INSTITUTI​ON
CERTIFIED PRACTICE AREA
Reproductive Health (Sexually Transmitted Infections)
Reproductive Health (Contraceptive Management)​
RN First Call
Remote Practice
​Opioid Use Disorder


Bursari​es & scholarships​​

BCCNM 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).​​​​