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Registration Requirements

During the application process, the College assesses all applicants to determine whether they meet the following registration requirements.

If the College finds that you do not meet one or more of these requirements, then you may be asked to provide more information or do something (such as complete an evaluation or additional education) that allows you to meet those requirements.

You have the right to request a review of your application if you want to appeal any decision made by College staff or the Registration Committee concerning your application.

See Registration Requirements for further information about each of these requirements.


Nursing Education

You must demonstrate the successful completion of a nursing education program designed to prepare you for the type of nursing (RN or RPN) that you want to practise in Ontario.
Evidence of Practice


You must show that you have recent experience practising as a nurse. Most Ontario applicants automatically meet this requirement by completing a nursing program approved by the College within the past three years.
Registration Examination



You must successfully complete the registration examination approved by the College for the type of nursing (RN or RPN) you want to practise. Practising nurses who qualify for registration in Ontario under the Ontario Labour Mobility Act (i.e., practising nurses who are already registered in another Canadian province or territory) are exempt from having to write a registration examination.
Jurisprudence Examination You must successfully complete the RN/RPN Jurisprudence Examination.

Proficiency in English or French You must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French.

Citizenship

You must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or hold authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of nursing in Ontario.
Past Offences and Findings

You must truthfully state whether you have ever been found guilty of an offence, refused registration, had a finding related to the practice of nursing or another profession against you, or are involved in certain proceedings.
Health and Conduct


You must declare whether you suffer from any physical or mental condition or disorder that could affect your ability to practise nursing in a safe manner. The College must also be satisfied that you will practise with decency, honesty and integrity, and in accordance with the law.

In addition to the requirements above, it is a non-exemptible requirement for applicants applying from other Canadian jurisdictions to provide, from each Canadian nursing regulatory body with which they hold an equivalent certificate of registration, a certificate or letter confirming that they are in good standing as a nurse in the particular jurisdiction.

This includes confirmation that the applicant: 

  • is registered with that body
  • is permitted to practise nursing in that province or territory.

 

Page last reviewed September 17, 2014