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*Getting licensed or registered by the College of Nurses of Ontario. This entails writing the national registered nurse examination as part of the registration program.
Learn more at Four Steps to Become a Registered Nurse.
Step #1. You will need a post-secondary education.
Why? All provincial and territorial nurses’ associations have adopted the goal of having a baccalaureate requirement for entry into nursing. Evidence supports the fact that baccalaureate-prepared nurses are most able to provide safe, ethical, cost-effective and high-quality nursing care for Canadians.
The trend toward a university education for Registered Nurses (RNs) is here: with the exception of students in Quebec, students must choose to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing in order to prepare for an RN career.
- Check out a complete list of nursing schools and continuing education options.
- Check out where to apply for nursing financial assistance here.
Step #2. You need to apply to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) directly for an assessment.
All nursing graduates who plan to practice in Ontario must be registered with the CNO.
Once you are deemed eligible (after applying), you’ll take the registration exam. Why? This exam is designed to measure the competencies of nurses at the start of your practice.
In addition to the registration exam, you must successfully complete a separate jurisprudence exam by the College designed to evaluate your knowledge and understanding of the laws, regulations, and College by-laws, practice standards and guidelines that govern the nursing profession in Ontario. The RN Jurisprudence Exam is completed online.
Step #3. If you pass, you must meet four other requirements to be “registered” by a provincial or territorial nursing regulatory body in Canada.
After completing an eligible education program, showing the College evidence of recent safe nursing practice (usually completing the program) as well as successful completion of the national nursing registration examination; you must then show:
- Evidence of fluency in written and spoken
English or French.
- Registration or eligibility for registration in the jurisdiction where a nursing program was completed.
- Proof of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of nursing. *Good character and suitability to practice, as indicated by a Declaration of Registration Requirements and a Canadian Criminal Record Synopsis.
A valid certificate of registration from the College is required of all nurses who wish to practice nursing in Ontario and perform the procedures in theControlled Acts that are authorized to nursing. The only member of the College is allowed to refer themselves as nurses in Ontario.
- What if I’m an internationally educated nurse?
Step #4. Evolve your competencies.
Because nursing is a self-regulating profession, establishing and maintaining high standards of practice is critical — not only for the safety of patients but also the long-term advancement of the nursing profession. Researching and expanding nursing competencies through best practice development is another important contribution RNs can make after they begin to practice.
How to Become a Nurse Practitioner
In Ontario, Registered Nurses (RNs) with additional education and experience are in the Extended Class, also known as Nurse Practitioners (NPs). NPs have an expanded scope of practice including the ability to order and interpret diagnostic tests, communicate diagnoses, prescribe prescription drugs, and perform specific procedures.
NP is a protected title in Ontario (since August 2007). There are four NP specialty certificates within the Extended Class: NP-Primary Health Care, NP-Pediatric, NP-Adult, and NP-Anesthesia.
To become an NP in Ontario:
- RNs must have obtained advanced education;
- demonstrate evidence of safe practice; and
- have passed an approved registration exam
for the specialty certificate they want to pursue.
The CARE Program
Since 2001, a bridging program called CARE (Creating Access to Regulated Employment for Nurses), has assisted more than 1000 internationally educated nurses from over 140 countries to become registered nurses in Ontario. The program’s facets include supporting language requirements, an alumni networking group of CARE nurses, registered nursing exam preparation assistance, and observational job shadowing.
An evaluation of the initiative revealed that the CARE program doubled the success rate for internationally educated nurses writing the registration exam to 66 per cent from 33 per cent.
International RNs will need to obtain a visa to study or work in Canada. Contact a Canadian embassy or consulate regarding the criteria and procedures. To work in Canada, you may need an offer of employment.
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Applying to NNAS is for any internationally educated nurse (IEN) applicant who:
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How to Apply
If you are not eligible to apply through NNAS
FOR THOSE EDUCATED IN A NON-NURSING PROFESSION
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR IENS
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Tools and Information
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) for Internationally Educated Nurses
Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses (BIEN)
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
Practical Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses
Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology
Building Internationally Educated Nurses’ Intercultural Competence through Technologically Enhanced Learning
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
Academic Pathway for Nurses Graduate Certificate
George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology
Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) & English as a Second Language (ESL) Nursing Project
Hamilton Health Sciences
IEN Bridging Program
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
“Test for Success”: Multifaceted Program to Promote Internationally Educated Nurse Success on the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE)
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Canadian immigration attorney
On November 19, 2016, the government of Canada implemented a range of improvements to the Express Entry immigration selection system. Each candidate in the pool, as well as those thinking of creating an Express Entry profile in the near future, should be aware of how these changes to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) may affect their Canadian immigration goals.
- For the first time ever, Express Entry candidates who studied in Canada will be rewarded additional points.
- Candidates with a job offer are no longer required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a document that proves no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available for the position) in order to receive points for their job offer.
- Candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence will now have 90 days to submit a complete application (including supporting documents) as opposed to the original 60 days.
- A qualifying job offer is now worth 200 points if the offer is in an occupation contained in Major Group 00 of the National Occupational Classification (senior managerial level position). These occupations are:
- Senior government managers and officials
- senior managers – financial, communications, and other business services
- senior managers – health, education, social, and community services and membership organizations
- senior managers – trade, broadcasting, and other services not elsewhere classified
- senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
- A qualifying job offer in any other skilled occupation is now worth 50 points.
In addition, some candidates will not need to obtain a LMIA in order to be awarded points for a job offer under the CRS. In short, certain workers in Canada on employer-specific (‘closed’) work permits, such as a NAFTA work permit or an Intra-Company Transfer work permit, may claim CRS points without a LMIA. In these cases, the worker must have been working in Canada for at least one year and the job offer must be made by the same employer named on the work permit.
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