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Consolidating 20 health profession regulatory colleges in B.C. to six

College and its number of registered members

  1. College of Chiropractors of BC: 1,322
  2. College of Dental Hygienists of BC: 4,012
  3. College of Dental Technicians of BC: 995
  4. College of Dental Surgeons of BC: 10,432
  5. College of Denturists of BC: 268
  6. College of Dietitians of BC: 1,400
  7. College of Massage Therapists of BC: 5,241
  8. College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC: 13,724
  9. College of Midwives of BC: 379
  10. College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC: 771
  11. BC College of Nursing Professionals: 59,493
  12. College of Occupational Therapists of BC: 2,649
  13. College of Opticians of BC: 1,011
  14. College of Optometrists of BC: 851
  15. College of Pharmacists of BC: 8,941
  16. College of Physical Therapists of BC: 4,436
  17. College of Podiatric Surgeons of BC: 87
  18. College of Psychologists of BC: 1,346
  19. College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of BC: 1,864
  20. College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of BC: 2,361

The six health professional colleges from the recommendations

  1. Regulatory college of complementary and alternative health and care professionals, to include chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopathic physicians, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
  2. Regulatory college of allied health and care professionals, to include dietitians, occupational therapists, opticians, optometrists, physical therapists, psychologists, speech and hearing professionals, and diagnostic and therapeutic professions (clinical perfusionists, respiratory therapists, radiation therapists and medical laboratory technologists)
  3. An oral health regulatory college, to include certified dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, dental therapists, dentists and denturists.
  4. College of Pharmacists of BC
  5. British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals, to include midwives
  6. College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, including podiatrists