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If you don't find what you're looking for in the FAQ section, you may contact NCAS directly by email at: email@example.com.
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T: 604.736.7331 ext. 211
Toll free: 1.855.736.7331
For inquiries regarding SLA scheduling or about what to expect on the day of the SLA assessment, please contact Pauline Edwards.
Pauline Edwards Langara College Simiulation Lab Program Coordinator T: 604.323.5596
NCAS provides a three-part competency assessment for internationally-educated health practitioners (IEPs) — including health care aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and psychiatric nurses — who hope to practice in British Columbia.
NCAS is one critical tool that our community partners use to determine whether IEPs are ready to practice safely, ethically and competently in the provincial workforce. It's made up of three assessments: a Computer-based Assessment, a Simulation Lab Assessment, and an Oral Assessment that takes place at the same time as the SLA. All three are necessary in order to complete the assessment process.
NCAS offers a consistent approach for evaluating the extent to which an IEP’s competencies are substantially equivalent to those of a Canadian health professional entering practice. 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. The NCAS assessment process is a mandatory registration requirement for some regulatory organizations.
NCAS was born of the collaborative efforts of the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC, as well as the Government of BC's Ministry of Health. CRNBC is currently acting as the operator of NCAS.
The Ministry of Health provided foundational support during the pilot phase of NCAS, and continues to fund NCAS as it transitions towards full operations and sustainability.
NCAS is the only competency assessment service that allows an applicant to have their skills and competencies assessed for two different health care roles at once. Thus, a registered nurse can be assessed for competency as a licensed practical nurse, and a licensed practical nurse can be assessed for competency as a health care aide.
The advantage of this approach is that applicants who may not be able to demonstrate all the requisite competencies to enter the workforce in the role they prefer, might be able to work as a different kind of healthcare worker if they can demonstrate the competencies for that other role. That means that IEPs can enter the workforce faster, and simultaneously pursue the upgrading or education required to gain competencies for their preferred role.
If you think you want to be assessed for two professions, please consider doing so from the outset as you will save a great deal of time and money.