Good news for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) in British Columbia!

As of the 8th of Jul, BCCNM has recently changed the processing and assessment of the English Proficiency of our aspiring IENs in BC. You can now receive the NNAS report without the submission of the English proficiency test result. According to NNAS "Because your application to NNAS is in process, you can defer the language requirement for BCCNM until after the NNAS process."

BCCNM has introduced two ways to demonstrate your English proficiency:

1. The first way is by achieving benchmark scores on an approved English language proficiency test (IELTS Academic or CELBAN) during the NNAS process.

2. The second way for applicants to BCCNM to demonstrate English language proficiency is to provide evidence for BCCNM to consider during the application process to BCCNM. 

The second way will be assessed on a case by case basis, hence these are the criteria they have set so far:

  • Language of education instruction,
  • Language in practice settings,
  • Likelihood of language attrition,
  • Language of additional and transitional education,
  • Approved English language proficiency test results that achieve the benchmark scores,
  • Any other relevant details are specific to the applicant.

If you are an international student and eyeing to become a nurse in British Columbia, please do reach out to us so we can direct you to the appropriate program that can help you get the RN equivalency. According to WorkBC, there are almost 20,000 available jobs for nurses across the province in the next 10 years. Here is the expected wage:

Connect with our program and career advisors to locate the right program and schools in British Columbia - there are some schools in BC that are affordable and will be able to waive your English proficiency as well during admission. The program will help you meet the English proficiency set by BCCNM.

To know more about international education for nurses do visit this page 

Email [email protected] for more information about the Study to RN pathway in Canada for International Educated Nurses.