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Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners (NPs), or Registered Nurses in the Extended Class [RN(EC)s], are authorized to autonomously perform controlled acts and activities not available to Registered Nurse (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs). This section provides information on educational resources designed specifically for NPs practising in Ontario.

NP Practice Analysis Project

The CCRNR (Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators) is currently analysing NP practice across Canada. The project will support a national approach to NP registration and licensure examinations.

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Controlled Drugs and Substances
Answers to questions about an NP's authority to prescribe controlled substances, including narcotics.

Nurse Practitioner (Practice Standard)
The document outlining the practice expectations for NPs.

Nurse Practitioner Learning Module
An interactive review of the practice standard.

Practice Resources
Practice-related information for NPs that is meant to complement the Nurse Practitioner practice standard.

NP Diagnostic and Prescriptive Authority
Information about the tests and medications that NPs are authorized to order.

Frequently Asked Questions: NPs 
The College answers common questions from NPs.  

FAQ: Clinical NP Practice
Information about the clinical NP practice requirements for maintaining membership, reinstating and registering in the College’s Extended Class.

FAQ: Bill 179 (Regulated Health Professions Law Statute Amendment Act, 2009)
Information about proposed changes to legislation that will affect the legal scope of NP practice.