NCAS provides a three-part competency assessment for internationally-educated health practitioners (IEPs) — including health care assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and psychiatric nurses — who hope to practice in British Columbia. We also assess health care professionals returning to practice, and health care assistants trained in other jurisdictions.
NCAS was born of the collaborative efforts of the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, the BC College of Nursing Professionals, as well as the Government of BC's Ministry of Health. BCCNP 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.
COVID-19 UPDATEUpdated: May 06, 2020
To protect the health of assessment takers, staff, and our communities, NCAS has temporarily cancelled all assessments, including the Computer-based Assessment, the Simulation Lab Assessment, and the Oral Assessment. We are in regular contact with BC's Ministry of Health, and continue to take direction from BC's public health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, regarding physical distancing guidelines and restrictions on non-essential services.
We know that completing the assessment is a top priority for you. We are working with the ministry and our health care colleagues to determine how, and when, we can safely resume the assessment service. We will post any changes to our service on this site and will contact registered assessment takers once scheduling resumes.
Referred applicants who are not able to complete the NCAS process in one year will be granted an extension that will apply for the length of closure. Extension fees will be waived, and those applicants impacted by the closure will be prioritized once the assessments resume.
In the meantime, if you have paid for the CBA or SLA/OA, and have NOT completed the assessment, you may apply for a refund. Please complete this form and return it to email@example.com. The processing time for refund requests is approximately 5 to 7 business days. You will receive an email notification from our office once the refund has been processed. You will not lose your place in line if you seek a refund. Please note that you will be required to pay the full assessment fee upon rescheduling.
For further information about how BC College of Nursing Professionals is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.
Jun. 27, 2018To help you prepare for the assessment, NCAS has created two orientation videos. We urge you to watch them! We developed the videos to give you a better understanding of what you can expect when you go to complete the simulation lab and oral assessment (SLA/OA).Click here to watch the videos.
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