How to prepare
The following resources are provided to help you prepare for the NCAS CBA and SLA assessments.The following
should not be considered an exhaustive list of all resources available for use in preparing for the
Please Note: Independent, private organizations may offer NCAS preparation courses. NCAS has not reviewed, approved or endorsed any of these programmes, and cannot attest as to whether or not they will help your performance on the NCAS assessment.
To help you prepare, 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).
The NCAS SLA/OA Procedures video tells you what you can expect on assessment day. It provides an overview of the rules and procedures you'll be expected to follow.
The NCAS SLA/OA Equipment for LPNs, RNs, and RPNs video is aimed specifically at those taking the RN, LPN or RPN assessment. It shows you the physical set up of the rooms at Langara College's simulation lab, as well as the materials, supplies and equipment you may see during your assessment.
The NCAS SLA/OA Equipment for HCAs video is aimed at those being assessed as a health care assistant and is aimed at familiarizing you with the materials, supplies and equipment HCAs may see during that assessment.
One way to prepare is to become familiar with the kinds of competencies we are evaluating by examining the NCAS Blueprint, which outlines the content assessed in all three assessments: the CBA, the SLA and the OA. This content focuses on the competencies that an entry-level nurse is required to possess in order to practice safely and effectively in a Canadian health care setting.
The NCAS Blueprint contains the following important information:
Simulation Lab Assessment (SLA)
The following are entry level competencies for each nursing or health care aide profession:
Essential Skills Profile - 3413 Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates
Essential Skills Profiles describe how workers in this occupation use each of the nine essential skills: reading, document use, writing, numeracy, oral communication, thinking, digital technology (originally, computer use), working with others and continuous learning. Free online assessments can be taken with a goal of developing and building skills levels in the foundational areas of reading, document use and numeracy. Requisite Skills and Abilities to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse in B.C.
This resource identifies the desired and achievable level of requisite skills and abilities expected of
LPNs in B.C.Profile of a Newly Graduated Registered Nurse
This document describes the profile of a newly graduated registered nurse in Canada. Requisite Skills and Abilities to Become a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in B.C.
Those contemplating a career in psychiatric nursing should review Requisite Skills and Abilities to Become a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in B.C., which provides information about the basic skills and abilities required of psychiatric nursing students to complete their education and attain entry-level competencies.
The following list represents a variety of educational resources for each nursing or health care aide profession.
Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants - Health is a program for newcomers living in any British Columbia community with training and skills as a Nurse (LPN/RN/RPN) or Health Care Assistant.
Eligible participants can enter the program for free and receive 22 months of support as they move along the registration pathway. Also, there are funds that may help cover some of the NCAS fees. Working one-to-one with knowledgeable career coaches, you will gain valuable resources needed to assist in launching your career in Canada's health care system.
The program is free for internationally-trained healthcare professionals who:
For more information about eligibility requirements and application instructions:
Career Paths: Douglas College