How Do I Register As A Nurse In Canada?

Do you want to work in Canada as a Registered Nurse? If you are an Internationally Registered Nurse (IEN) and you wish to work as a nurse in Canada, you will need to 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 them with the tools to apply for Canadian nursing registration.

If you graduated as a nurse from an educational institution outside Canada, and you wish to work as a registered nurse in Canada, 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 nurse 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). Through this account, NNAS will communicate with you and show you through 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 required and how you should submit them.
  3. Complete a language proficiency test if required. NNAS will let you if you require 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 you have received your Advisory Report, you will get guideline and instructions about how to contact 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 you should start your application with NNAS?

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