Getting Started - British Columbia
In British Columbia, NCAS provides a competency assessment for four healthcare professions - health care assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and psychiatric nurses - seeking to license to practice in British Columbia. Our SLA Assessment Centre is in Vancouver, BC.
The NCAS process in British Columbia starts with a referral from one of the referring organizations listed below:
Your referral must come to NCAS directly from the regulatory college or registry listed above. NCAS does not accept referrals from candidates themselves. Each referring organization has unique requirements you must fulfil to be referred to NCAS. For instance, you may be asked to submit an Academic Credential Assessment report from a registered credential assessment agency like the National Nursing Assessment Service. Please contact the appropriate regulatory organization or registry directly to learn about referral requirements for NCAS.
A unique facet of the NCAS assessment is the opportunity to be assessed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the same time – we call this a dual-track assessment.
Before applying to complete the NCAS assessment process, it is important to consider whether you want to be assessed as a dual-track candidate. Applying for a dual-track assessment at the beginning of your assessment process may save you time and money in the long run. Here is how it works.