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Registration Classes

Within the College, there are six classes of registration: General, Extended, Temporary, Special Assignment, Emergency Assignment and Non-Practising.


This is the most common class of registration for nurses in Ontario. 


The Extended Class is for RNs who have obtained additional education and experience. Members in this class have an expanded scope of practice with legislated authority to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures.


The Temporary Class is for individuals who have met all requirements for the General Class as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) except the successful completion of the national registration exam. Temporary Class members are eligible to join the General Class when they successfully complete the registration exam and meet all other requirements for registration.

Special Assignment

This is a short-term, non-renewable registration for individuals (usually from outside Canada) who have an appointment or assignment as an RN or RPN with an approved facility and who do not plan to stay in Ontario for more than one year. Individuals in this class can only practise within the scope of their appointment and only under defined terms, conditions and limitations.

Emergency Assignment

Registration to the Emergency Assignment class becomes an option when the provincial government requests the assistance of the College by issuing Emergency Assignment certificates of registration to qualified Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs).


The Non-Practising Class is available as an option to all individuals who once were, or currently are, members of the General or Extended classes.


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