NCAS is the Nursing Community Assessment Service. We serve the nursing regulatory college and the health care aide registry by providing a competency-based assessment to internationally-educated health practitioners who want to practice in BC. The assessment has three components:
This resource provides an overview of the Nursing Community Assessment Service, including the history, development, and future of NCAS.
The CBA is a three-hour, proctored, computer-based assessment that can be taken at one of more than a hundred testing centres in 60 countries in the world.
The CBA seeks to assess your knowledge of the skills and competencies required to enter practice in the health practitioner role you desire. It is made up of gradually unfolding cases that take you through the step by step process of clinical thinking and decision making.
There is no pass or fail. Rather, the assessment is aimed at identifying strengths and gaps. Your results will not be sent to you until you have completed the Simulation Lab Assessment.
Learn more by visiting: What to Expect-Computer-based Assessment.
At the NCAS Assessment Centre, 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 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 What to Expect-Simulation Lab Assessment.
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 have been referred to NCAS, you will be asked by NCAS to set up your account and register with us. Once completed, you can schedule the time and date of both the CBA and SLA/OA based on your availability.
Regulators require different kinds of information to determine your eligibility for registration. NCAS provides 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.
The NCAS Computer-based Assessment (CBA) 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.
The Simulation Lab Assessment and Oral Assessment must be taken in-person (at the same time) at the NCAS Assessment Centre in the Nursing Simulation Centre of Langara College in Vancouver, BC. There are no exceptions to this rule.
The Computer-based Assessment (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.
The Simulation Lab Assessment/Oral Assessment must be taken in-person at the NCAS Assessment Centre in the Nursing Simulation Centre of Langara College in Vancouver, BC. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Simulation Lab Assessment/Oral Assessment:
Note: If one piece of ID does not have your name, photo and signature, you may present two pieces of non-expired, government-issued ID that together demonstrate all three requirements.Acceptable forms of primary ID include:
Computer-based Assessment: You will have no more than three hours to complete the CBA.
An accommodation refers to a modification that is made to the assessment environment to support applicants with medical, physical, psychological or learning conditions, or to observe a spiritual or religious observance.
You must apply for an assessment accommodation separately for the CBA and for the SLA/OA. More information can be found on the Fees and Policies page.
You have one year to complete the entire NCAS assessment process from the date upon which the regulator or registry referred you.
To learn more about requesting an extension, click here.
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 (one for each profession in which you are interested), but only one SLA/OA. (The SLA/OA produces two distinct sets of results, one for each of the two desired roles or professions). Who can sign up?
Please click here for detailed information on how to interpret your NCAS report.
The following are sample performance report templates for each profession:
NCAS checks assessment scores carefully before we release your Performance Report. If you think your Performance Report doesn't reflect how you performed during the assessment, you can request a reconsideration of your SLA/OA results. Please note that we do not allow reconsideration of the CBA results. If you encountered an incident while taking the CBA that requires review, you must contact us within three business days of your CBA to resolve.
Once you request a reconsideration of your SLA/OA, assessors who did not score your original assessment view the recorded videos of your SLA/OA scenarios to confirm that we scored all the skills you demonstrated. We then issue you a new report that combines your original CBA scores and your final SLA/OA scores. You can request only one reconsideration; all reconsideration results are final.
A CAN $350 fee will apply. This fee covers the administrative costs and assessor time involved in your reconsideration.
To request a reconsideration, please complete this form and submit it to email@example.com within 15 days of receiving your Performance Report. We cannot conduct reconsiderations after this 15-day period has passed. Typically it takes NCAS 21 days to complete a reconsideration from the requested date.