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Licensing and Registration

To become fully licenced as a registered nurse (RN) or registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) in British Columbia, you must have current registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). Once you have your licence, Health Match BC can assist you in finding the right employer based on where you want to live in BC.



Registered nurses (RNs) or registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) with current or previous registration in another Canadian jurisdiction, or RNs and RPNs who have recently graduated from a Canadian RN program, are eligible to apply directly to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) for registration in BC.


All nurses educated outside of Canada are considered to be internationally educated nurses (IENs). All international applicants (RNs and RPNs) are required to obtain a BCCNM approved credential assessment before applying to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
Upon assessment, nurses must then apply to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
To learn more about the licensing process for internationally educated nurses wishing to work in British Columbia, click here.


Provisional registration allows applicants to practice as an RN or RPN in British Columbia while they wait to write the NCLEX-RN or RPNCE in order to meet a practice requirement of the regulatory body.
Note: This information is subject to change and is based on the requirements set by BCCNM. For the most up to date information, please contact Health Match BC.

For more information on obtaining licensure as an RN or RPN in BC, please register with us and speak to our nursing recruitment services team