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Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants - Health

Your Canadian healthcare career starts here.

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants - Health is for newcomers living in any British Columbia community with training and skills as a Nurse (RN/LPN/RPN), Physician (General Practitioner or Specialist), Sonographer or Health Care Assistant (HCA). 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:

  1. Are committed to pursuing Licensure in the same field as their pre-landing experience 
  2. Have 3 years international work experience* as a certified Nurse (RN/LPN/RPN) or Physician (General Practitioner or Specialist) or Sonographer or Health Care Assistant

*Applicants 19 - 30 years of age or under, may apply with 1 year of international work experience in their regulated profession

Note: Newcomers with a background in other occupations other than healthcare should proceed to Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants – Tri Cities

To apply you must:

  1. Meet the following English language requirements:
    • Sonographer, Health Care Assistant: Minimum CLB 6+ or equivalent
    • Nurses, Physicians: Minimum one level below the regulatory requirements
  2. Be a Permanent Resident (5 years or less) currently living in British Columbia
  3. Not received Employment Insurance (EI) within the last 5 years, and not currently receiving BC Employment Assistance (BCEA)
  4. Be motivated to conduct an active job search for employment in a health related area
  5. Applicants must have started the process towards upgrading or certification to practice in Canada:

International Medical Graduates - completed their credential source verification with Medical Council of Canada (via physiciansapply.ca) and have written one of the licensing examinations.

Internationally Educated Nurses (RN/LPN/RPN)
 - started the application process with National Nursing Assessment Services (NNAS).

Internationally Trained Sonographers - started the application process with Sonography Canada.

Internationally Trained Health Care Assistants (HCA) – started application process with BC Care Aide and Health Worker Registry or submitted an application to a recognized HCA program in BC.


Note:
  Nurses and Physicians who wish to pursue Health Care Assistant as their primary goal will be considered for the program.  Other applicants who will not pursue directly related licensure in their field and have an alternate career goal within a health related profession may be eligible for Stream 2/3 in their region.  If you live in the Tri-Cities area, you could be eligible for a program offered by Douglas College in Coquitlam.  

 

 

 

 

Application Process

Application Process

Step 1

Complete and submit the online application form.

Step 2

Once we have received your application we will contact you by phone and/or email to discuss your background, career goals, and eligibility.

Step 3

Eligible candidates will be invited to attend an Information Session to learn more about the specific program details.

 

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns regarding the application form, please call 604-588-7772 or email careerpaths@douglascollege.ca