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How to Become Registered Nurse in Canada by Idowu Olabode : August 08, 2015, 05:04:00 PM
Nursing is a regulated profession in Canada just like in any other country. Each province in Canada has it own  regulatory body although efforts are on to have a unified nursing regulatory board.

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is the regulatory body for nursing practice in Ontario.

The CNO regulates nursing to protect the public interest and sets requirements to enter the profession, establishes and enforces standards of nursing practice, and assures the quality of practice of the profession and the continuing competence of nurses.

In Ontario, nursing is categorized in two groups: Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).

There are six classes of registration: General, Extended, Temporary, Special Assignment, Emergency Assignment and Non-Practicing.

Registered Nurse in Ontario, Canada  Requirements

To practise nursing as an RN or RPN in Ontario, internationally educated nurses (IENs) must hold a current General Certificate of Registration with the CNO. To become eligible for General Class Registration, IENs will need to meet the following eight registration requirements:

1. Proof of Canadian citizenship, Permanent Residency or authorization to work in Canada.

2. Completion of a nursing program that is equivalent to an Ontario 4-year bachelor’s degree in nursing or a practical nursing diploma.

3. Evidence of nursing practice in the category for which the IEN is applying within the 3 years prior to issuance of a Certificate of Registration.

4. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN for those applying for RN, or the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) for those applying for RPN.

5. Successful completion of the RN/RPN Jurisprudence Examination.

6. Evidence of language proficiency in either English or French.

7. Report past offences, findings and other specified matters.

8. Meet College requirements related to health and conduct.


Re: How to Become Registered Nurse in Canada by Idowu Olabode : August 26, 2015, 03:54:13 AM

To begin the application process, you will have to create an account with National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) which will review your application and work history and forward a report to the province you intend to register.  NNAS website is you will have to pay the initial assessment fees which is US$650.

After your report is ready from NNAS, you will receive instructions on how to proceed with your registration. If you are pursuing a registration as a nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario for instance, you will be required to apply for evaluation with the College using the report from NNAS. The evaluation cost $ 169.50.  If you are deemed eligible, to write the National qualifying exams, you will be sent the application package. The examination fees for Registered Practical Nurses is $288.15 while NCLEX-RN cost $ 360.00.  You will also be required to sit for online jurisprudence exam which is $40 and test your knowledge on Canadian healthcare policies, laws and regulations.


The required IELTS score for registration is
Writing 7
Speaking 7
Listening 7.5
Reading 6.5
Total 7

*Nigeria Nursing School diploma/certificate is equivalent to the 2years Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario while Nigeria BNSC is equivalent to the 4years nursing degree in Ontario hence can seek registration in the Registered Nurse category.

Jurisprudence is an open book exam, consist of 175 questions to be answered in 3hours 45minutes.

Re: How to Become Registered Nurse in Canada by puce : April 09, 2016, 04:29:53 PM
Hello Thanks for the info, I have an IELts result dat is about 1year old, can I use it to apply for the NNAS cos I he'd it must be atmost 6 months old and any ielts score more than 6 months cannot be used for assessment? .... please how true is this? Thanks

Re: How to Become Registered Nurse in Canada by RoyalBlack : April 12, 2016, 09:15:47 AM
Hi,  i attended the school of Nursing and Midwifery route and im registered as a registered Nurse Midwife in Nigeria. My question is can i apply to nnas and get a comperable result if i apply as an lpn?  Money is hard to come by these days and i would hate to spend all that money in vain.  Thanks

Re: How to Become Registered Nurse in Canada by Idowu Olabode : May 02, 2016, 12:38:07 PM
@Royalblack, yes you will get a comparable result for LPN.

Re: How to Become Registered Nurse in Canada by funmi : July 30, 2016, 01:34:11 PM
Hello thanks for the post sorry this has been bothering me please what if someone is in Canada for visit does the person still need to go through nnas before working?

Re: How to Become Registered Nurse in Canada by Idowu Olabode : July 30, 2016, 08:15:30 PM
Yes. Except the person had his/her initial nursing education in Canada

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