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Provisional registration may be granted to eligible applicants who want to work while meeting their outstanding registration requirements. If you are granted provisional registration you will be assigned specific conditions you must meet to be eligible for practising registration. When these conditions are met, your provisional registration is automatically converted to practising registration.

If you are not planning to practice nursing before gaining full registration, you do not need provisional registration.​

How to apply 

There is no separate application for provisional registration. You will be asked if you want to be considered for provisional registration when you complete your application for practising registered nurse registration​.

What you need to know​

Eligibility
To qualify for registered nurse (provisional) registration, an applicant must have applied to take, or be awaiting the results of the nurse examination and have met all the other requirements for practising registration.
Responsibilities and privileges
Provisional registrants must satisfy BCCNM's Professional Standards​​, Scope of Practice Standards​ and Practice Standards and all conditions placed on their registration.
Use of title
Individuals with provisional registration may call themselves a “registered nurse (provisional)" or "RN (provisional)." Check the Use of Title pra​ctice standard​ ​for more information.
Possible conditions on practice​
  • That you must write and pass the written entry-to-practice registration examination.
  • Provisional registrants may be monitored* by a registered nurse or nurse practitioner registered with BCCNM. This requirement only applies to provisional registrants who have a condition on their registration that requires their practice to be monitored/supervised.

Monitoring defined

The monitoring physician/nurse practitioner is responsible for ensuring that the practice of the nurse practitioner (provisional) is safe and at the level of nurse practitioner practice, which includes the assessment, diagnosis and management of clients’ health as set out in the Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners Standards, Limits and Conditions. The methods of monitored practice need to be worked out between the nurse practitioner (provisional) and the monitoring physician/nurse practitioner, but should include activities such as:

  • regularly reviewing the nurse practitioner’s (provisional) assessments of clients’ health, differential diagnoses and/or diagnosis,

  • regularly reviewing/discussing recommendations and treatments/interventions made or to be made by the nurse practitioner (provisional), and

  • signing all prescriptions and diagnostic tests.

The monitoring RN/nurse practitioner should be on site and/or readily available so that the provisional registrant can consult and or collaborate as needed depending on either the learning needs of the nurse practitioner (provisional) or the needs of the client.

Registration renewal​
Converting to practising registration​
Upon meeting all assigned conditions, your registration will automatically be converted to practising registration.​​​​​​

Provisional registration and NCLEX-RN

If you pass
We will notify you of your exam results and any outstanding requirements for registration. If you have met all requirements and have provisional registration, your provisional registration will automatically be converted to "practising registered nurse" registration. This can be verified online using the nurse verification tool instantly.
If you fail once
You can continue working on provisional registration after one exam fail. You’ll be eligible to write the exam again in 45 days from the date of the first attempt. It is your responsibility to inform all of your current or prospective employers of your unsuccessful exam result and updated provisional registration conditions.

After applying to write the exam for a second time, you must provide employer contact information to BCCNM before receiving the Authorization to Test needed to schedule your next exam date.

If you do not currently hold provisional registration or if you intend to add additional employers to your provisional registration and you have failed the exam one time:
  • You must inform all of your prospective employers that you were not successful on the exam.
  • Apply for provisional registration by completing Form 8.1: Application for Provisional Registration (available by contacting BCCNM at register@bccnm.ca​) and submitting it to BCCNM along with a letter of acknowledgment from your prospective employer. This letter must confirm that the employer is aware of your examination result.
If you fail twice
If you fail the ​NCLEX a second time, you are no longer eligible for provisional RN registration and will not be considered for registration until you pass the exam.
  • Notice of expiry to registrant: Your provisional registration will expire six to eight weeks after being notified of your second failure. You will receive an email confirming these details two to five business days after receiving your exam results. You will be asked to notify your employer of the new expiry date.
  • Notice of expiry to employer: A minimum of four weeks before the expiry of your provisional status, BCCNM will email your employer to advise them of the new expiry date. Exam results are not disclosed.​