Skip to main content

BCCNM board rescinds additional education requirement for LPNs performing nasopharyngeal swabs

Jun 30, 2022

​The BCCNM board on June 30, 2022, rescinded the requirement that LPNs have additional education before performing nasopharyngeal swabs. This change is effective immediately.


On March 17, 2020, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry declared a public health emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response, on March 19, 2020, after consultations with the health authorities and the Ministry of Health, the legacy college BCCNP Board approved the temporary rescinding of the BCCNP condition for LPNs to complete additional education prior to performing nasopharyngeal swabs. This was effective immediately and remained in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency in B.C. 

As LPNs have been safely performing nasopharyngeal swabs for the past two years, the college recommended the additional education condition for LPNs who perform nasopharyngeal swabs be removed permanently.