Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

After training as a Health Care Assistant (HCA), if you wish to advance your studies, you can put your prior learning as an HCA towards other post-secondary programs, such as the Access to Practical Nursing (APN) Program. The APN program is a unique career laddering program for HCAs wishing to train as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). This program supports a move from being an HCA transitioning to a LPN. A program like this was designed for individuals with HCA education and experience to receive their nursing credentials more quickly.

In August 2022, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced the Access to Practical Nursing Education Incentive Bursary. This bursary is for students enrolled in a recognized Access to Practical Nursing (APN) program at a BC-based public institution to assist with tuition fees.

Become an LPN

The Access to Practical Nursing (APN) Program offers registered  Health Care Assistants, a laddering pathway to become a  Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

To be eligible for the APN program, you must hold an active status with the BC Care Aide Registry; have 600 hours of HCA experience within the last two years in a group care facility*; and meet the English Language Proficiency

For additional admission requirements, contact preferred post-secondary institution and apply.

The APN Education Incentive Bursary is for students enrolled in a recognized APN program at BC-based public institution.

Apply for Bursary!

After completing your APN program, apply and take the exam for your LPN license with BCCNM!

*This requirement may vary depending on the post-secondary institution.