NCAS is the Nursing Community Assessment Service. We serve nursing regulators and the health care aide registry by providing a competency-based assessment to internationally-educated health practitioners who want to practice in Canada. The assessment has three components
The CBA seeks to assess your knowledge of the skills and competencies required to enter practice in the health practitioner role you desire.
The assessment is made up of gradually unfolding cases that take you through the step by step process of clinical thinking and decision making.
The SLA is a four- to six-hour assessment. The SLA must be taken in person at a nursing simulation lab in Vancouver, BC., and there are no exceptions to this rule.
At the lab, you will be taken to four different stations. Each station will focus on one clinical scenario. Some stations will have a mannequin, while others may use a specially-trained actor acting in the role of a patient.
The mannequins are programmed to simulate various health conditions appropriate to your nursing role. The simulation environment will contain the necessary healthcare equipment to support appropriate patient care within the scope of your profession. Learn more by visiting How to Prepare for the SLA.
The results of the OA are not reported separately. They will be folded into the SLA results, which will be blended with the results of the CBA to give applicants a single results report.
When will assessments take place?
Once you've been referred to NCAS, you'll be asked by NCAS to set up your account and register with us. Once you've done that, you can schedule the time and date of both the CBA and SLA/OA based on your availability. You will have several options from which to choose.
Regulators require different kinds of information to determine your eligibility for registration. NCAS is the only service that provides regulators with an assessment of an applicant’s skills and competencies. Other agencies assess the authenticity and equivalence of education, for instance, or an applicant’s criminal record. NCAS also provides an opportunity for internationally educated and re-entry nurses to demonstrate their current competence to practice, competence that may not have been evidenced by a paper assessment. All this information together offers the regulator or registry the best picture of the applicant, and helps these organizations determine whether the applicant can practice safely, ethically, and competently in B.C.
People educated in Canada don’t have to complete an NCAS Assessment. Why do I?
Nursing and health care aide educational programs and practice vary widely from country to country. NCAS is designed to help assess the extent to which the competencies and skills you gained during your education are substantially equivalent to those gained by a Canadian-educated health practitioner entering practice. NCAS helps ensure that all applicants for registration meet the standards of practice expected in each profession.
Registration for an NCAS assessment is by referral only. Currently, NCAS accepts referrals only from the following organizations:
If you are a Health Care Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse, please contact the appropriate regulatory body or registry to obtain an NCAS referral.
The NCAS Computer-based Assessment can be taken at a Testing Centre in one of the 60 countries in which it is offered. Please click here to view a list of eligible testing centres. You can also visit www.Prometric.com to find the testing site nearest you.
Computer-based Assessment — The CBA can be taken at an authorized testing centre in one of 60 countries in the world. Click here eligible testing centres. You can also visit www.Prometric.com to see the list of testing centres.
Computer-based Assessment: You must bring two pieces of valid (not expired), government issued identification, at least one of which must have a photograph and signature.
Simulation Lab Assessment/Oral Assessment: You must bring:
Computer-based Assessment: You will have no more than three hours to complete the CBA.
A dual-role assessment allows you to be assessed for two different health care professions or roles at once. Applicants applying to be assessed for two roles at once will take two CBAs, but only one SLA/OA. The SLA/OA produces two distinct sets of results, one for each of the two desired roles. Here’s how it works.