Registration Information for Nursing Students in Canada
To be eligible to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in any publicly funded health care setting in BC and while completing your nursing training, you must be registered with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. To apply for registration as an HCA, you must have completed sufficient training in a nursing program that is approved by a Canadian nursing regulatory body. Speak to your department head for more information on when you will qualify for eligibility to register.
*Due to the standardized Provincial Curriculum for Practical Nursing, BC Practical Nursing program students may apply after successfully completing two terms or semesters.
Official Transcript from your Educational Institution
As a student currently enrolled in a nursing program in Canada, *you must have completed sufficient training. A competency reference letter is required. If you are not currently a student but have recently completed the required training, you may still be eligible.
You will need to provide information about your current health care education and training, and supply an official transcript from your current educational institution.
* Nursing program must be approved by a Canadian nursing regulatory body.
Student Competency Letter
This letter is issued by your nursing program, needs to be on educational institution letterhead, and should reference your competency in Health Care Assistant skills. This letter must be signed and have the contact details and credentials of the person who signed the letter. You can download a sample clinical competency letter (to be provided by your educational institution) below:
Character Reference Letter
This reference letter is written by someone who knows you and is providing information on your character. The letter must be signed and dated and have the contact information of the person who signed the letter.
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