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Applications for initial registered nurse registration in British Columbia

Initial applications

The application process you will follow is determined by where you received your nursing education. These applications are for first-time applicants only; if you ​previously held registered nurse (RN) 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 nursing program in British Columbia. In order to write the national nursing exam (NCLEX-RN), you must submit an application for RN registration.

Canadian nurses

Apply as a Canadian nurse if you are currently or have previously been registered as a registered nurse in another Canadian province or territory, or you recently graduated from a Canadian RN nursing program outside of B.C.

Internationally-educated nurses

Internationally-educated nurses who have never been registered in Canada may be eligible for registration to practice as an RN in B.C. Important: Before starting a BCCNM application, you must first apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)

Other applications

Employed student nurses

To apply for employed student nurse (ESN) registration, you must be enrolled in a BCCNM-recognized nursing program and have a job offer from an employer.

​Certified practice

To apply for a certified practice designation, applicants must already hold practising RN 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.
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