January 4, 2017 marks the launch of the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS), a new assessment service for internationally educated health practitioners (IEPs) applying to register in British Columbia. Effective immediately, the NCAS assessment replaces the Substantially Equivalent Competence (SEC) assessment used by CRNBC for RN applicants.

NCAS provides competence-based assessments that evaluate the skills of an IEP applicant against competencies required for entry-level practice in the province. If gaps are identified, it will assist in determining what education is required to transition to practice in B.C.

NCAS is a collaborative effort by:

  • BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry (the “Registry”)
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC)
  • College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC)
  • College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC), and the
  • Ministry of Health.

The NCAS Assessment Process

The NCAS assessment process provides IEPs with the opportunity to demonstrate their nursing competencies that may not be reflected in an assessment solely based on their education.  The assessment has three parts:

  • Computer-based component
  • Simulation Lab component
  • Oral Clinical Decision-making component

The computer-based component can be written in more than 100 countries around the world, while the simulation lab and oral assessment are offered at Langara College in Vancouver. For information about the three components, please see www.ncasbc.ca.


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