Become a Nurse

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All Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Nurse Practitioners practicing within Ontario are members of the College of Nurses of Ontario.

For more information, read Applying to the College online.

Only members of CNO are allowed to refer to themselves as nurses in Ontario. A valid certificate of registration from CNO is required of all nurses who wish to practice nursing in Ontario and perform the procedures in the Controlled Acts that are authorized to nursing.

Applicants to CNO can be divided into four groups:

Ontario applicants

For graduates of an Ontario nursing program.


Canadian applicants

For graduates of Canadian nursing programs outside Ontario or nurses registered elsewhere in Canada.

Nurse Practitioner applicants

For those wishing to enter CNO's Extended Class.

International applicants

For nurses educated outside Canada who are not registered to practice nursing in any Canadian jurisdiction.


Page last reviewed October 30, 2020