Regulated Health Professions

British Columbia currently has 28 regulated health professions and 21 health regulatory colleges recognized by legislation.

Each regulated health professional must:

  • Pass national and/or provincial entry-to-practice exam(s) and be familiar with the legal, professional, and ethical practice of their profession;
  • Be registered with their regulatory college and renew registration annually;
  • Be a college registrant to use certain “protected” professional titles;
  • Comply with college bylaws;
  • Comply with a code of ethics;
  • Adhere to the scope of practice they can undertake within their professional limits;
  • Meet quality assurance requirements;
  • Meet professional standards of practice;
  • Be subject to a complaints and discipline process if standards are not met; and
  • Undertake a criminal record check every five years.

Regulated health professionals in BC

Regulated health professionals are crucial to BC’s health care system. BC health regulatory colleges regulate the following professions:

  • Audiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Surgeons
  • Dental Technicians
  • Denturists
  • Dietitians
  • Hearing Instrument Practitioners
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Massage Therapists
  • Midwives
  • Naturopathic Physicians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Opticians
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians (medical doctors)
  • Podiatric Surgeons (doctors of the lower leg and foot)
  • Psychologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Surgeons
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners

The BC Ministry of Health is conducting a review of the province’s framework for health profession regulation and is working on a plan for modernizing and strengthening the regulatory system. Find out more about regulatory reform in BC, and read the latest news, on how health profession regulators are evolving.