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How to apply

Applications for initial registered psychiatric nurse registration in British Columbia

​​Initial applications

The application process you follow is determined by where you received your nursing education. These applications are for first-time applicants only; if you previously held registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) 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 (RPNCE), you must submit an application for RPN registration.

Canadian nurses

Apply as a Canadian RPN if you are curr​ently or have previously been registered as an RPN in another Canadian province or territory, or you recently graduated from a BCCNM-recognized RPN program outside of B.C.

Internationally-educated nurses

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

Other applications

Employed student psychiatric nurses

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

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.