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Education hours

Frequently asked questions

​We sometimes receive questions from nurses about education hours. Please review the FAQs below.

If you still have questions, please contact the CRNBC Registration department at register@crnbc.ca.

Do I need to maintain practising registration during my educational program?
CRNBC does not require nurses engaged in education to maintain their practising registration; however, the educational program may require this.
If I maintain practising registration, can I count any of the activities I undertake as part of a post-entry level BSN, masters or doctoral degree in nursing towards my CRNBC practice hours?

No. Individual hours and activities undertaken as part of a formal education program leading to a degree cannot be counted as practice hours. Although research itself is one of the domains of nursing practice recognized by CRNBC, research undertaken as part of an educational program is part of the educational requirements and therefore considered as education, and cannot be counted separately as practice hours.

However, you may be able to renew your registration based on full-time enrollment in a post-entry level BSN, MSN, or PhD nursing program. You will need to contact the Registration Department directly to discuss this. If the program is not in nursing, the CRNBC registration committee will need to determine it is sufficiently related to the field of nursing. Contact the Registration Department to discuss.

If I do not work for the five years I am enrolled in a post-entry level BSN, MSN or PhD program (in nursing or other related field recognized by CRNBC), what does CRNBC require of me in order to reinstate my practising registration?

We suggest that nurses contact the Registration Department directly to discuss their situation prior to starting and/or early on in the program and not to wait until the course is completed. Generally, once you successfully complete the program leading to a degree in nursing or other related field recognized by CRNBC, CRNBC will accept the successful completion in lieu of practice hours and the hour requirement will be met for 5 years from the date of completion.

If the program is not in nursing, the CRNBC registration committee will need to review your application to reinstate to determine it is sufficiently related to the field of nursing. Contact the Registration Department to discuss.

If I do some of my academic research or course work outside of BC, am I required to be registered in that jurisdiction (e.g. province, territory, state or country)?
Check with the jurisdiction in which you will be undertaking those activities.
If I work as a teaching assistant in other nursing programs while I am a student in a PhD program, can I count those hours as the practice of nursing?
Maybe. If you held practicing registration in the jurisdiction where those hours were worked, and those hours are not a component of your educational program, then the hours spent on class preparation, class time, and related marking may be counted towards your practice of registered nursing hours for CRNBC. Nurses engaged in the educational domain of nursing are required to meet the CRNBC Standards of Practice.
If I am registered in another province, can I maintain that registration while I am enrolled in an academic nursing (post-entry level BSN, MSN or PhD) program in BC?

Maybe. You’ll need to check with your registering organization. However holding practising RN or NP registration outside of B.C. does not allow you to practice nursing in B.C. You may use your title to describe who you are but not to practice nursing [e.g. RN(AB), NP(ON)].

Also, hours worked in B.C. while registered elsewhere (and not in B.C.) cannot be counted as RN or NP hours, as this would indicate you have been practising in B.C. without being registered.

 Questions?

Contact the CRNBC Registration department

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