How Do I Register As A Nurse In Canada?

Do you want to work in Canada as a Registered Nurse? Suppose you are an Internationally Registered Nurse (IEN) and wish to work as a nurse in Canada. In that case, you must complete an application with National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).

You may apply for a license in a Canadian province of your choice as a Registered Nurse (RN), a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN).

NNAS is a Canadian non-profit organization that offers a streamlined process for Internationally Registered Nurses to submit their documents and provide the tools to apply for Canadian nursing registration.

Suppose you graduated as a nurse from an educational institution outside Canada and wished to work as a registered nurse in Canada. In that case, you must be registered with the National Nursing Assessment Service to achieve your dream of working as a nurse in Canada.

How To Register As A Nurse In Canada

All registered internationally registered nurses requesting registration with the NNAS first have to go through the following steps:

  1. Log onto to register an online account, complete your forms, and pay your fee(s). NNAS will communicate with you through this account and show you the process. (You may also contact NNAS using their contact number.) As well, NNAS provides an online instruction guide.
  2. Submit all the required documents. NNAS will tell you which documents are needed and how you should submit them.
  3. Complete a language proficiency test if required. NNAS will let you know if you need a language proficiency test to complete your application.
  4. Receive an NNAS Advisory Report. NNAS will communicate with you when your file is complete. You will be able to access a copy of your Advisory Report through your account,
  5. Apply to the College. After receiving your Advisory Report, you will get guidelines and instructions about contacting the College with your request to register in Ontario. The NNAS will not consider you an applicant for registration until you have concluded the NNAS process and submitted the needed application and fee(s) directly to the College.

Why should you start your application with NNAS? 

All nursing regulatory bodies in Canada (except Quebec) require new applications for registration from Internationally Registered Nurse (IENs) through NNAS.

Applying through National Nursing Assessment Service ensures a consistent approach to collecting, verifying, and storing documents that all nursing regulatory bodies in Canada require. Your educational credentials will be assessed and authenticated using standardized tools that all participating regulatory bodies endorse.

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