BCCNM's Registration Department reviews and assesses every application for registration, including reinstatement, to determine if an applicant meets BCCNM's registration requirements. Some applications may require further review by the Registration Committee if complexities are identified that may affect an applicant's ability to demonstrate they meet the competence, fitness to practice, and good character requirements. Your application may be considered to have complexities related to BCCNM's requirements if you:
Or if you fall into one of these categories:
Please note: applications considered to have complexities are not limited to the situations listed above.
If you believe there may be complexity to your application, please follow the standard application process and pay the applicable fees. Upon submission and after an initial review of your application, you will be contacted to ensure we have all the required standard documentation to support your application.
Following collection of the required standard documentation, if your application requires review by the Registration Committee, your application will be assigned to a member of the
Registration Cases team. At this stage, you may also be asked to provide additional information such as practice and education history, a competency assessment, reflective statements, references, medical expert opinions, and court records.
BCCNM manages a high volume of applications. All applications are processed in the order they are received and as quickly as possible.
Depending on the requirement(s) being considered and the complexities associated with your application, it may take several months or longer before a determination is made regarding your eligibility for practising registration.
Factors that may impact processing times include:
Registration Committee is comprised of registrants and public representatives, appointed by BCCNM's board, and holds the highest authority at BCCNM for making registration decisions. The committee's authority is set out in the
Health Professions Act and
Applicants do not appear before the committee but can address the committee in writing.
The committee will consider all information submitted. The committee's decisions are guided by the
Health Professions Act, BCCNM's bylaws, and BCCNM's policies.
The Registration Committee meets in panels approximately once a month. When specific applications are reviewed by the committee depends on a number of factors, including when assessments are complete, the required composition of the panel members, and the volume of applications requiring Registration Committee review.
If your application is before the Registration Committee for consideration, you will be notified of the committee's decision by email within 30 days of the meeting.
After reviewing your application and all other information submitted, the Registration Committee may decide to:
Should the Registration Committee determine you have satisfactorily met the registration requirements, you will be eligible for practising registration.
Limits or conditions may include passing the required exam, practising with only a specific employer, obtaining a satisfactory employee evaluation, completing a regulatory practice consultation, or undergoing a period of medical monitoring.
Additional steps may include completing coursework or a regulatory practice consultation, or passing the recognized exam.
Additional information may include medical information, references, or personal reflections.
Should the Registration Committee determine you have not demonstrated you satisfactorily meet the registration requirements, you will not be eligible for practising registration.
Committee decisions are posted on the BCCNM website when directed by the Registration Committee.
In November 2019, BCCNP determined an RN Applicant required limits and conditions on practice, pursuant to Section 20(2.1) of the Health Professions Act. The RN Applicant was reviewed for good character and fitness concerns, as a result of providing false information to the college, misappropriating medications while in practice, and obtaining a diagnosis of substance use disorder by a medical expert. Any limits and conditions applied to practice by the Registration Committee under section 20(2.1) of the Act are made to protect the public.
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